Today was our first day of recording at our newest StoryBooth in Atlanta, Georgia!
Everyone at StoryCorps is excited to have a StoryBooth in the South, especially the Atlanta team: Lillie Love, Anthony Knight, Lola Ibitoye, Katrina Singh, and me! We are thrilled to be recording and preserving the stories of the South for our nation and future generations to hear. And we are very grateful to 90.1 WABE for hosting us for our first year in Atlanta.
We spent two weeks training and learning the ins and outs of StoryCorps. We learned how to record stories and archive them for the Library of Congress.
Last week, we hosted a Friends and Family Week to practice our facilitation skills. I had a great time facilitating a conversation between two of my new friends, Alex West and Chris Appleton, best friends and co-founders of Wonderroot. Chris and Alex grew up together in Atlanta. When they were in college, they started planning to create a community arts organization in Atlanta with their friend Whit. Now their vision has come to life – the Wonderroot community arts space in Reynoldstown has now become a staple in the Atlanta activist and art scenes. Chris and Alex also talked about the people who inspired them, their visions for Atlanta, and the pranks they play on each other. We hope to partner with Wonderroot throughout the year.
We will be recording on Thursdays and Saturdays at our booth, located in Studio 3 at 90.1 WABE. We will also be working with community organizations to do recordings out in the field each month.
To record an interview with a loved one at our Atlanta StoryBooth, make a reservation online or call 800-850-4406. (If there are no available appointment times, please sign up for our wait-list!) Then, prepare for your interview by reading what to expect, and create a list of great questions using our Question Generator.
Stay tuned to 90.1 WABE to hear stories recorded locally in Atlanta. You can also hear the weekly StoryCorps broadcast every Friday morning on NPR’s Morning Edition.
We look forward to recording your stories, Atlanta!