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OurStoryBridge oral history resource launched

KEENE VALLEY — A new resource for organizations seeking to record and preserve local history has come online.

The new website, “http://ourstorybridge.org”>ourstorybridge.org, features an extensive road map for libraries and other organizations looking to replicate the “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are” audio history project at the Keene Valley Library in their own communities. The Adirondack Community project has collected and preserved stories about local history told by local people.

“In its first 15 months, Adirondack Community has collected 175 stories from 110 storytellers, produced nine podcasts, and given our community, young and old, a sense of local pride that has been especially helpful as we experience the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bob Woughter, Keene Central School principal, said in a statement. “Through the years our students have participated in projects in which they collect oral histories from older residents, but many of those stories have been lost, unlike the Adirondack Community stories which are brief and on a website fitting the 21st Century.”

Those interested in starting their own oral history projects using the OurStoryBridge tools can also get one-on-one assistance, at no cost, according to a news release.

Jery Y. Huntley, the volunteer manager who spearheaded both projects, described OurStoryBridge as a user-friendly framework on which to mount a community’s story project. “The shape this project takes and the content it captures and communicates remain yours to construct,” Huntley said. “We want to help. OurStoryBridge will guide you through how to collect the nuanced histories of your community, to preserve its stories and pass their characteristic wisdom from mouth to ear by going digital.”

For more information on Adirondack Community and OurStoryBridge, contact createyourstoryproject@gmail.com or 410-353-6372. OurStoryBridge, at ourstorybridge.org, was made possible by the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Adirondack Foundation and community support.

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