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StoryCorps Launches Historias

A Groundbreaking Initiative To Create One of the Largest Collections of Latino Stories Ever Recorded in the United States

Historias

Washington, D.C. – 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.”

To 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 Estrada Communications Group, Inc. and 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 below).

City

Opening

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, 2009
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

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