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HPPR hosting StoryCorps sessions

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram

High Plains Public Radio will be hosting StoryCorps sessions Oct. 28 through Nov. 25 as part of StoryCorps mobile tour, through a virtual visit.

StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, and will utilize a new virtual platform to record remote interviews for preservation in the Library of Congress.

Now in its 15th year, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour has facilitated thousands of meaningful conversations between people who know and care about one another. To date, these face-to-face conversations have taken place in its MobileBooth: an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio. 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 local residents to participate online.

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.

Reservations to record can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org.