On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, the Nashville Public Library and StoryCorps facilitators Kate Wingate, Martha O’Brien, Esi Arthur, and Cindy Murphy hosted a StoryCorps Community Listening Party at the Green Hills Branch Library. Over 75 people attended this event, including past participants, curious newcomers, library employees, WPLN 90.3 FM staff, and various other members of the Nashville community.
Attendees met facilitators and past participants, learned about StoryCorps and the Nashville StoryBooth, and listened to several StoryCorps clips, including two local Nashville clips that aired recently on NPR’s Morning Edition: Joe Buford and Michelle Miller, and Hector Black. Later, past StoryCorps participants James Staub, Rosemary Weldon, Brenda Wynn, and Emily Brittain shared highlights of their own experience in the Nashville StoryBooth. They also served as panelists, answering attendees’ questions regarding StoryCorps interviews in general.
This event was an immense success, and we look forward to similar events in the future. In the meantime, the facilitators wish to recognize Deanna Larson, Elyse Adler, and James Havron for their support in planning the Community Listening Party, as well as Claudia Schauman and the Green Hills Branch staff. We’d also like to thank the Woodbine Community Organization‘s Seniors Group for transporting their members to the Green Hills Branch Library for this event. And a very special thank you to the Nashville Public Library Foundation for catering and supporting Nashville’s very first StoryCorps Community Listening Party.