Gracias por Escucharme….
By: Brittany Bromfield, Community Engagement Facilitator for StoryCorps Atlanta
“Gracias por escuchar mi experiencia” says one participant who just finished recording her first StoryCorps interview. María, a parent recruited to do an interview with StoryCorps, recalls childhood memories growing up in Mexico then coming then coming to the U.S. with her husband for a new life. María ended her StoryCorps interview feeling relieved and happy that she shared her life experiences with someone willing to listen.
StoryCorps’ goal is just that. It is a national oral history project whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of our lives. StoryCorps works in various communities and with people living with disabilities to document their everyday experiences for future generations
StoryCorps Historias is an initiative specifically aimed at recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of Latinos living in
the U.S. The stories are archived in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas in Austin, which is the largest collection of Latino voices in the country. With the Historias Initiative, StoryCorps has collected more than 1,300 interviews of Latinos
living in the U.S.
This year, StoryCorps Atlanta will to record the stories of migrant farm workers in South Georgia for three days. Through activities like this and local partnerships (YoSoyM, Galeo, LaAmistad, Los Niños Primero, The LAA), StoryCorps makes possible for Latino families to share meaningful conversations with their loves ones, to feel empowered, to know that their story matters, and to have an opportunity to tell history through their lens.
Stories can be recorded in Spanish, English, or in whichever language the participants feel most comfortable. Brittany and Diana, the story facilitators are fully bilingual. The Regional Manager is Daniel Horowitz García.
StoryCorps Atlanta is located at the Atlanta History Center: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW. StoryCorps records every Tuesday and Saturday. To make an appointment and for more information, please call 404-814-4190 or go to our website at storycorps.org/historias. Also, you can follow StoryCorps Atlanta on Facebook on facebook.com/storycorpsatlanta.