StoryCorps Door-to-Door traveled to the City of Roses to record stories of the area’s teachers for our National Teachers Initiative. While in Portland, StoryCorps Facilitator Gaspar Caro and I spent a day at a middle school operated by Self Enhancement, Inc., which has grown from an after-school basketball camp into an agency that serves thousands of students. The next day, we drove down the street to Jefferson High School, where we spent two days recording the stories of teachers who have participated in the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark. OWP trains teachers to help their students explore and gain a critical understanding of the world through writing.
Two OWP teachers we met were Chrysanthius Lathan and her former professor, Thomas McKenna. According to Chrysanthius, she began standing up for herself in class as a result of her brief interaction with Tom six years ago.
StoryCorps Facilitators Cindy Murphy and Kate Wingate traveled to Portland, Oregon this week to conduct two days of Door-to-Door interviews in partnership with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Cancer Institute. Ten years after the introduction of a drug used to treat gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), OHSU sponsored StoryCorps’ visit in coordination with their GIST patient awareness week. As OHSU is a major center for the development of this drug, Kate and Cindy had the opportunity to record not only the stories of GIST and CML survivors, but also of the doctors and researchers who helped make their survival possible.
We enjoy running into fellow mobilers.
We spent a day recording the stories of inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
The mobilebooth team couldn’t resist stopping at Burgerville for huckleberry milkshakes. Only in Oregon!
The mobilebooth reaches the pacific coast.
StoryCorps facilitators ate the best breakfast they’d ever had in the town of Otis, OR.
Facilitator Karen DiMattia finds joy in a cup of coffee.
Linda serves up breakfast.
The mobilebooth shared space last week at Pioneer Courthouse Square with a hootin’ and hollerin’ grapestomp.
StoryCorps facilitators Sarah Kramer and Karen DiMattia get rained on at Multnomah Falls.
Oregon may be rainy, but it sure is green.
Mobilebooth west takes in the scenery.
The mobilebooth sitting pretty in “Portland’s living room,” Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Meet the espresso drive-thru, a western phenomenon.