Queens Memory Project to Capture the American Experience and Kick Off StoryCorps’ “Queens Week” Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2011

— Queens College and Queens Public Library Team Up With Acclaimed Oral History Project, StoryCorps, to Record the Stories of Local Residents —

FLUSHING, NY, OCT. 14, 2011—On Oct. 27 at Queens College, the Queens Memory Project will publicly launch its online interactive archives documenting 100 years of life in the most diverse county in the United States. Listening stations highlighting previously recorded Queens residents’ oral histories from the archives will be available. The event kicks off StoryCorps’ Queens Week, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2011, dedicated to recording and preserving the stories of Queens residents in order to include them in the nation’s memory.  StoryCorps facilitators will be on hand during Queens Week to guide participants through the recording process and to make the experience a rewarding one. 

Last November the Queens Memory Project received funding to begin recording the borough’s history and collecting Queens residents’ life stories, in addition to historical photos, maps and other archival materials—Read more.  The archives have now been digitized and are available for viewing online. 

When:              Thursday, October 27, 5 – 7 pm

Where:             Rosenthal Library at Queens College, 5th Floor
                           President’s Conference Rooms 1 and 2
                           65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

Directions: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/Pages/default.aspx
Campus Map: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/3d/Pages/Home.aspx

StoryCorps’ Queens Week is part of a larger effort by the organization to highlight the unique stories of residents in each of New York City’s five boroughs. StoryCorps will be recording at Queens College’s Rosenthal Library from 10/28-10/30 and Queens Public Library’s Flushing Branch from 10/31-11/2.  Reservations are required to record stories and may be made by emailing nyc+queensweek@storycorps.org or calling(646) 723-7020 ext. 27. All recordings will be eligible for inclusion in the Queens Memory Project, and will also be archived at Queens Library and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. 

About the Queens Memory Project|
The Queens Memory Project is a collaborative effort between Queens College and Queens Library at Flushing, initially funded through a $25,000 grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).  The website, http://www.queensmemory.org/, was developed by software firm Whirl-i-Gig, another partner on the Queens Memory Project. Visit Facebook and follow @Queensmemory on Twitter for frequent updates on the project and the upcoming event.

About StoryCorps
StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. Founded in 2003 by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their stories.  StoryCorps has collected nearly 70,000 interviews from all 50 states.  Each interview is recorded on a free CD for participants to take home and share with their loved ones, and a second copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts each week on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. Look for All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (February 2012).  For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.

About Queens College
For more than 70 years, QC has provided a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students. From graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, its 20,000 students can realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year the Princeton Review also cites Queens College as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.

For more about Queens College visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/default.aspx 

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Deputy Director of News Services

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services