StoryCorps at the Harvard Art Museums
In conjunction with the Harvard Art Museums' exhibition Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, StoryCorps (
), a national oral history project, is coming to Harvard to record and preserve stories inspired by the life and work of Corita Kent.
Corita Kent lived in Boston from 1968 until her death in 1986, and in 1971 she created a bold, pop art design for the Boston Gas (now National Grid) tank located alongside I-93 south of downtown Boston. This oral history project, a partnership between StoryCorps, the Harvard Art Museums, and National Grid, aims to reach those who may have had local knowledge of Kent, or who live or were raised in communities near the iconic gas tank.
Did you or someone you know grow up in South Boston or Dorchester, near the gas tank? Do you have memories of Kent’s “rainbow swash” painted on the tank? We want to hear from you!
We hope you’ll consider participating if:
• You know a special person whose memories deserve to be heard and preserved;
• You have a story to share about what the work of Corita Kent has meant to your life;
• You or your conversation partner come from a cultural, ethnic, or religious community surrounding the gas tank in South Boston or Dorchester; or
• You have a special memory of any museum or of the Harvard Art Museums in particular.
StoryCorps is a living history project dedicated to the idea that everyone’s story matters. The interviews provide 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation between two people who know each other well. We are looking to schedule a diverse lineup of participants on September 4, 5, and 6, 2015.
Participation is open to all (signup required) and entirely free. Please tell us about yourself and your interview partner. We hope to accommodate as many pairs as possible, but space is limited.
Who will be the storyteller?
Who will be the interviewer?
Your Email Address
Please provide a brief description of the stories you hope to share.
Please let us know your availability on the recording dates.
All sessions will take place in the StoryCorps MobileBooth, parked in the Science Center Plaza at Harvard University in Cambridge. Don't worry, sample questions and further details will be provided to those chosen for an interview.
Friday, September 4 in the afternoon
Saturday, September 5 in the morning
Saturday, September 5 in the afternoon
Sunday, September 6 in the morning
Sunday, September 6 in the afternoon
FAQ about StoryCorps
A StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation. A trained StoryCorps Facilitator will be in the room during the interview, and will take notes, keep time, and monitor audio. Facilitators are not interviewers, though they may ask a question during the recording.
Participants are the interviewers.
While our facilitators are trained to interview participants who come on their own, the best StoryCorps interviews take place between two people who know each other well. The significance of the relationship between the participants can greatly increase the quality of their experience and the quality of the stories.
The interviews are not scripted.
StoryCorps interviews are not meant to be rehearsed or read from notes. We encourage participants to create a question list if they would like some prompting while maintaining spontaneity and flexibility during interviews.
Stories are the goal.
We encourage participants to tell stories from their personal experience. This includes vivid memories or reflections on the impact of significant people or events, not simply recalling dates, places, and chronologies. For that reason, we try to avoid using the term “oral history” and instead refer to the experience as a “conversation” during which participants are free to ask questions back and forth, and talk about whatever they want.
Participants decide whether or not to archive their interview.
In order to have their interview archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress as well as to have it be provided to the sponsoring organization, participants must sign our release form. The choice to sign the form is entirely up to the participant. Participants will decide after the interview if they want to sign the consent form.
Very few interviews air on NPR.
Each participant pair receives a recording of their conversation immediately after the interview. Less than 1 percent of StoryCorps interviews are edited for broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition.
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