Friday, September 25, 2009

StoryCorps Launches Historias - A Groundbreaking Initiative To Create One of the Largest Collections of Latino Stories Ever Recorded in the USA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The renowned nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps today launched Historias, a new initiative to record and preserve the experiences of Latinos throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Historias, which means 'story' in Spanish, will capture and celebrate the diversity of Latinos and their culture. The interviews are informal conversations between family members or close friends who share their life experiences and stories with one another.

"Since StoryCorps first started its work in 2003, the aim has been to create a growing portrait of who we are as a nation. At 50+ million strong, Hispanics represent 15 percent of the U.S. population and are the fastest-growing segment, which is why it is so important that we record and preserve their stories," says StoryCorps Founder and President Dave Isay.

StoryCorps Historias is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). "StoryCorps underscores that everyone has a story and each story counts," said Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO of CPB. "It is one of the most innovative and authentic initiatives made possible by public service media and CPB is very proud to fund Historias."

To ensure that Latino voices are made accessible to future generations, Historias interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Selected interviews will air on Latino USA, an English-language news program broadcast in 31 states, NPR's Morning Edition and public radio programs across the country.

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