Boise, Idaho: City of Stories.
At least, that’s what StoryCorps, a non-profit oral history project, hopes to emphasize.
From today, Monday, June 10, through Saturday, July 6, Boise State Public Radio will be hosting the StoryCorps MobileBooth in front of City Hall in Downtown Boise.
The MobileBooth acts as a recording studio for Idahoans to conduct their own interviews with family and friends that will be archived in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.
Marilyn Shuler, the first of many Idaho residents to be interviewed at the MobileBooth, told Boise Weekly that the richest part of Boise’s history is its community.
“I’m just one of the thousands of people who have worked to make this community a good place, and I think there are tons of people just like me,” she said.
Shuler encouraged her fellow citizens from all walks of life to preserve their history through StoryCorps.
“Think about who you are and what you provide. I believe strongly that just being human is all you have to be; everybody has a story,” she said, “And I would hope that people don’t limit themselves by saying ‘I’m just an ordinary person.’”
It’s a viewpoint shared by StoryCorps personnel.
"It's a way for people to feel connected to what history is," said Olivia Cueva, a mobile facilitator for StoryCorps. "It’s a chance to spend quality time with a loved one and really be able to talk about their experiences."
John Hess, executive director and general manager of Boise State Public Radio, officially opened the MobileBooth by reminding Idahoans: “Our lives are made up of a series of stories from beginning to end. These stories shape us; they provide the connective narrative that defines who we are as people and as a community.”
Visit storycorps.org or call 800-850-4406 to schedule an appointment at the MobileBooth.
For more on StoryCorps, check out a full article in the Wednesday, June 12 issue of Boise Weekly.