StoryCorps, the Groundbreaking Oral History Project, to Preserve Stories of Acadiana Residents in Visit
KRVS Radio Acadie will host StoryCorps to record the stories of local residents through interviews and preserve them in the Library of Congress
November 13, 2023 — StoryCorps, the national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, is visiting Lafayette, Louisiana from November 29 – December 21 to record in-person and virtual interviews during this year’s final stop of its Mobile Tour.
Now in its 20thth year, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour has facilitated thousands of meaningful conversations between people who know and care about one another. KRVS Radio Acadie — celebrating its 60th anniversary — is the local media partner for the tour’s visit to Acadiana.
Reservations to record are required and will be available starting at 10 a.m. on November 16. People who want to record their stories can call StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visit storycorps.org/KRVS.
In a StoryCorps interview, two people record a conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained facilitator with the Mobile Tour guides them through the interview process. After each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a digital copy of their interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.
“StoryCorps tells an authentic American story — that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness, and heroism,” said its founder, award-winning MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay. “Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten.” StoryCorps may share excerpts of conversations recorded in Acadiana with the world through the project’s popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.
“We’re excited to welcome the Mobile Tour for its first visit to Lafayette since 2007,” said KRVS general manager Cheryl Devall. “This station’s home region is so rich with traditions passed down through the generations, and StoryCorps’ visit offers a wonderful opportunity to talk about and record those traditions for posterity. What a way to wrap up KRVS’ 60th anniversary year!”
Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given over half a million Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, in towns and cities in all 50 states the opportunity to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories with the public through StoryCorps’ weekly podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. 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. For more information visit storycorps.org, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube at @storycorps.
StoryCorps is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
About KRVS Public Media
KRVS is a listener-supported public radio station located in Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of French Louisiana. By focusing on indigenous Louisiana programming — Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Swamp Pop and more — KRVS provides an important local resource for the Creole and Cajun residents of South Louisiana. It’s available at 88.7 FM in its home region, at KRVS.org and its mobile phone app. Follow the station on Facebook and Instagram.
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