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StoryCorps Is Coming To Montana To Preserve Your Stories

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Montana Public Radio will host StoryCorps for 4 weeks to record the stories of local residents and preserve them in the Library of Congress.

Montana Public Radio will host StoryCorps for 4 weeks to record the stories of local residents and preserve them in the Library of Congress

As of June 10, all the slots have been filled, but you can still get on the waiting list in case of cancellations.

There are also two self-serve options available to participate in. Neither are facilitated but the recordings can still end up at the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The StoryCorps App it is available for free on your phone and is a perfect way to record if the people being interviewed are in the same location. StoryCorps Connect uses the same virtual platform as StoryCorps, and allows people to interview each other from different locations via the internet.

StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will utilize a new virtual platform to record remote interviews in Montana from June 3 - July 3 as part of its Mobile Tour.

Now in its 15th anniversary year, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour has facilitated thousands of meaningful conversations between people who know and care about one another. For the first time, to respond to the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic — while working towards its mission to help people feel more connected and less alone — StoryCorps is piloting a Virtual Mobile Tour and offering the opportunity for Montana residents to participate online.

The second half of the reservations to record will open June 9 at 10 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org.

In a StoryCorps interview, two people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. After each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a digital copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connection; and remind us how much more we have in common than divides us.

With your permission, MTPR will air a selection of the local interviews and create special programs around the project. StoryCorps may also share excerpts of these stories with the world through the project’s popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.

StoryCorps is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.