That Time StoryCorps and the Wren's Nest Partnered Up

Once upon a time — like, in February — the Wren’s Nest partnered with StoryCorps to record the stories of our neighbors in West End.

Amber, our valiant new program director, was all like, “Let’s get StoryCorps here! They record 2 people talking for 40 minutes at a time to preserve the stories of every day people. IT IS NOT AT ALL UNLIKE HOW WE DO IN OUR MISSION. You’ve probably heard their stories on NPR.”

She even tried out StoryCorps with her mom Sharon to make sure they were legit. (Yep: 100% legit!)

So Amber invited StoryCorps to set up shop at the Wren’s Nest, and they were like, “Cool.” And, further:

“We’ve wanted to do something like this in your neighborhood as a part of the Griot Intiative! You know the one, where the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity. All interviews recorded as part of the Griot Initiative will be archived at the Smithsonian’s National Musuem of African American History & Culture in addition to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.”

Then, Amber and our good friends at WEND got together and duped some of our neighbors into recording their stories one day here at the Wren’s Nest.

Neighbors like  Al-Yasha Williams and Robert Thompson stopped by:

And so did the Jackson family:

In all we had six recording sessions during the day, each lasting 40 minutes.

We had such a good time with the Storycorps people that they were all like, “Here, keep this kit for a few weeks. Then have 8 kids in your KIPP Scribes program record their family stories with family members.”

And then we forgot the camera. But it happened! No really!

Either way, we’re indebted to the Atlanta StoryCorps office for their interest, flexibility, and mad skills. We’re also thankful for Brent Brewer, one of our most spectacular neighbors, for helping rope people into this little partnership.

StoryCorps has locations in Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco where you can sign yourself and a partner up to record your stories just about any time after breakfast.




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