One of the Largest Collections of Latino Stories Ever Re
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC
PR WIRE/ — The renowned nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps today
launched Historias, a new initiative to record and preserve the experiences of
Latinos throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Historias, which means ‘story’ in Spanish, will capture and
celebrate the diversity of Latinos and their culture. The interviews are informal conversations between family members
or close friends who share their life experiences and stories with one another.
“Since StoryCorps first started its
work in 2003, the aim has been to create a growing portrait of who we are as a
nation. At 50+ million strong, Hispanics represent 15 percent of the U.S.
population and are the fastest-growing segment, which is why it is so important
that we record and preserve their stories,” says StoryCorps Founder and
President Dave Isay.
StoryCorps Historias is funded by the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
“StoryCorps underscores that everyone has a story and each story
counts,” said Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO of CPB. “It is one of the most innovative and
authentic initiatives made possible by public service media and CPB is very
proud to fund Historias.”
ensure that Latino voices are made accessible to future generations, Historias
interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of
Congress. Selected interviews will air
on Latino USA, an English-language news program broadcast in 31 states, NPR’s
Morning Edition and public radio programs across the country.
Community partners involved in this
national initiative include the Latino Public Radio Consortium, Latino USA and
the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project. StoryCorps also wishes to thank Bill Lynch
Associates, LLC, for their assistance with StoryCorps Historias.
During the first year of Historias,
StoryCorps will visit cities across the nation, partnering with local radio
stations, cultural institutions and community-based organizations to collect
nearly 1,000 stories throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (see tour schedule
Reservations for sharing your stories
during StoryCorps’ Historias national tour can be made by calling 1-800-850-4406.
Historias Tour Schedule: 2009-2010
New York, NY September 1, 2009
San Francisco, CA September 22, 2009
Eastern Puerto Rico September 23, 2009
Taos, NM October 29, 2009
Alamosa, NM November 2, 2009
Austin, TX November, 2009
Houston, TX November 16, 2009
Boston, MA December 14,
Miami, FL January 4, 2010
Yuma, AZ January 4, 2010
Phoenix, AZ January, 2010
San Juan, PR January 20, 2010
Los Angeles, CA February 8, 2010
Fresno, CA March 22, 2010
Washington, DC April 2010
Albuquerque, NM May 17, 2010
Chicago, IL May 17, 2010
Brownsville, TX May 2010
San Antonio, TX June 2010
San Diego, CA July 2010
Granger, WA 2010
About the Corporation for Public
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
(CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 develops
educational public radio, television, and online services. The CPB is the
industry’s largest single source of funds for national public television and
radio program development and production. The CPB, a grant making organization,
funds more than 1,000 public radio and television stations. Visit www.cpb.org
for more information.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit
project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through
listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed
family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free
CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the
Library of Congress. Millions listen to the award-winning broadcasts on public
radio and the Internet. Visit www.storycorps.org for more information.
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