Keene Valley Library hosts community celebration

KEENE VALLEY — The Keene Valley Library will host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.”

The event is open to the public at the Keene Valley Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Light refreshments will be served.

“Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are” is a history project that collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the rich social and cultural history of this community.

Volunteer storytellers have recorded more than 100 first-person accounts and submitted related images about life in the town of Keene.

“The generosity of our storytellers has made this project more successful than we had imagined,” said Keene Valley Library Director Karen Glass. “We’re grateful to all our volunteers and we look forward to bringing their voices to audiences both near and far.”

Keene residents and visitors may contact myadirondackstory@gmail.com to share their story. The collection may be heard at www.myadirondackstory.org, which also hosts “My Adirondack Story” podcasts. This offering groups individual stories related to a central theme for extended listening.

“We are eager to celebrate the Keene story told through individual voices,” said Jery Huntley, Adirondack Community project leader. “The history and lived experiences shared in the first 100 stories demonstrate how this project will preserve Keene history for future generations.”