StoryCorps Oral History Project

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Jefferson Public Library invites you to share your story and record a conversation with a family member or friend through the Bridges Library System’s “Gathering and Sharing Stories” initiative.

Bridges has partnered with StoryCorps,  a national oral history non-profit, to record and preserve community stories and we’d love for you to be part of it!

All stories are recorded with a trained librarian facilitator. Recordings can then be added to the StoryCorps Archive and Library of Congress (optional) or kept private based on the participants’ wishes. Whatever you decide, you will receive your own digital audio copy of the interview.

What Can Participants Expect?

  • A trained facilitator will contact participants to set up the recording date, meet them at the decided location, go over the paperwork, and help both conversation partners settle in and get comfortable.
  • Participants will find a compassionate, respectful environment in which to share their stories.
  • Participants will have up to 40 minutes to record a conversation.
  • Participants can choose their conversation partner and what they would like to talk about.
  • The recording is audio only. No video will be taken.
  • Participants decide whether to share their recording or keep it private.

Listen to some stories.

Here are some examples of a conversation:

Jon Hotter (58) interviews his father, Jon A. Hotter (85) about his life in Jefferson, Wisconsin; his family; and career as a sports photographer.


Sign up today to share your story!

If you are interested, please fill out the form here or contact Angela Meyers at ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org or 262-896-8245.

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