PETERSBURG, AK The national non-profit organization StoryCorps marked the Friday after Thanksgiving as a National Day of Listening, and is encouraged people around the country to spend an hour recording stories with friends and family. Organizers of a local oral history recording project are also hoping Petersburg-area residents will take some time and think about conversations they’d like to record, or stories they’d like to tell. In December, Petersburg’s Public Library is starting up a six-month recording effort called the Listening Project. Similar to the StoryCorps recording project that gathered 14 stories and interviews from Petersburg residents last spring, the Listening Project offers a way to preserve the memories and stories that are important to you. The library this year won a 10-thousand dollar grant to fund the oral history project. Joe Viechnicki spoke with librarian Tara Alcock and project facilitator Julie Hersey about the effort.
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