StoryCorps oral history project to visit Penn State Altoona

February 05, 2013

Residents in the Altoona, Pa. area are invited to record an interview with a friend or loved one that will be preserved for others to hear and enjoy as part of the StoryCorps project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the extraordinary stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.

The recordings will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., March 14 through 16 in room 128 of the Robert E. Eiche Library on the Penn State Altoona campus.

Participants should come in pairs and bring questions, but a WPSU StoryCorps facilitator will be there to guide participants through the interview process. The person interviewed could be someone with an interesting story, someone who influenced them or perhaps someone who’s a part of local history.

At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. Participant interviews will air on WPSU-FM and will be posted on the WPSU StoryCorps web page.

Participation is free, but those interested must schedule an appointment in advance. Appointments will be scheduled at or by calling 814-863-4233.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. By traveling to every corner of the country, the national StoryCorps project currently has one of the largest collections of American voices ever gathered, with interviews collected from more than 60,000 Americans in all 50 states.

About WPSU

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with radio and television programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within Central Pennsylvania.

About StoryCorps
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. StoryCorps is currently one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in the country. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. Fifty of StoryCorps’ most emblematic stories have been collected in the New York Times bestseller, Listening Is an Act of Love (Penguin Press). StoryCorps’ major funders include: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, The Kaplen Foundation, and Joe and Carol Reich. StoryCorps also relies on the support from its participants and listeners. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit

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Last Updated February 07, 2013