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Tales of the City: StoryCorps San Francisco

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008.

Hello from StoryCorps’ newest home, our StoryBooth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco!

View from Jesse Square at DuskPhoto: Bruce Damonte/Courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

This past June, the Contemporary Jewish Museum began a new chapter in its history by opening the doors to a new building by the architect Daniel Liebskind—an adaptive reuse of the 1907 Jesse Street Power Substation. Inspired by the Hebrew phrase L’Chaim, meaning “To Life,” the building is the physical embodiment of the Museum’s mission to bring together tradition and innovation in a celebration of life and shared humanity. The Museum is designed not only as a space to experience works of art, but also–more importantly–as a space to experience other people through conversation and debate.

Sound familiar? We couldn’t be more thrilled to be here.

We are also pleased as punch to have two fantastic public radio stations as broadcast partners: KQED and KALW.

Throughout the next couple weeks, check back here to see behind-the-scenes photos of the StoryBooth in progress, meet our incredible team of San Francisco Facilitators, learn about some of the other programs taking place at the CJM, and–if we’re lucky–read a Q&A with some folks from StoryCorps’ Facilities and Archive Department, the quiet powerhouse behind all that we do.

I have to scurry–there are booths to build, Facilitators to train, listening events to plan! But I want to leave you with a slideshow of some of my favorite images of the Museum and its exhibits.

L’Chaim! To life, to listening, and to a wonderful year here in San Francisco!

Reservations for the San Francisco StoryBooth will open on Sunday, October 12, at 9:00am PST. For more information, check out the reservations page on our website.

And Save The Date! We will celebrate the StoryBooth’s Grand Opening with a Listening Party and a book reading by Dave Isay at the CJM on Sunday, October 26th, from 3-5pm. Event free with museum admission.

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