StoryCorps and South Dakota Public Broadcasting partnered to record, preserve, and share the stories of communities in South Dakota. The mission of StoryCorps is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. The StoryCorps MobileBooth was located at Main Street Square in Rapid City in September/October, 2013. SDPB also hosted the StoryCorps MobileBooth at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls in June, 2007.
Since 2003, over 80,000 people have shared life stories with family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web.
StoryCorps is presented Fridays during Morning Edition at 5:25 a.m. Central and 7:25 a.m. Central. SDPB also presented locally recorded StoryCorps stories during Dakota Midday Thursdays at Noon Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain.
The StoryCorps MobileBooth is a 30’ Airstream trailer that has been converted into a soundproof recording studio. It travels the nation and sets up, usually for a month at a time, at various locations. The StoryCorps staff that travels with the MobileBooth lives in the community during its stay. Besides coordinating the appointments, greeting guests and recording their stories, they also work with local organizations to ensure that diverse voices are recorded. Sometimes they also have to shovel show after a snowstorm!
We have much more online!
- Listen to StoryCorps stories produced by SDPB Radio.
- See photos of the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Rapid City.
- See photos of Rapid City StoryCorps participants.
- For more about StoryCorps, follow their adventures on their online blog.
- Watch StoryCorps Animated Shorts.
- Learn about the National Day of Listening.
For more information about the StoryCorps project visit StoryCorps.org, follow them on Twitter @storycorps, or find them on Facebook.
Here's what the inside of StoryCorps' mobile recording booth looks like. [Photo: StoryCorps]
See pictures of the StoryCorps staff and facility in Rapid City.
See pictures of Rapid City StoryCorps participants.