StoryCorps Community Archive

Storycorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, collecting and archiving more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. DeKalb County Public Library and Storycorps have partnered and allowed for residents of DeKalb County to record their oral history at libraries and community organizations. Through this partnership, the DeKalb County Public Library has become a Community Archive for these stories, allowing for individuals to hear three minute stories from residents who live in DeKalb.

To listen to other Storycorps recordings visit the StoryCorps website. You may also subscribe to the StoryCorps Community Archive Podcast.

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Soon Hyung Heo

DeKalb County Public Library partnered with StoryCorps and utilized their StoryKit to record stories during Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian American – Pacific Islander Month and Older Americans Month. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of residents of DeKalb County. Soon Hyung Heo participated in a recording and played traditional music from Asia.  The complete StoryKit interview which was recorded at the Ashford-Parkside Senior Residences is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from Soon Hyung Heo’s interview.


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Marcia Glenn Hunter, former Mayor of City of Lithonia

StoryCorps did interviews at the Stonecrest Library with people who lived in or near the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area/Flat Rock Community of DeKalb County. The StoryCorps interviews were part of a special program series called Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of the Flat Rock-Arabia Mountain Community. The complete StoryCorps interviews recorded at the Stonecrest branch are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from the interview in which Marcia Glenn Hunter, former Mayor of Lithonia talks to current Mayor, Deborah Jackson on her hope for the city of Lithonia.


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David Schutten, President of Organization of DeKalb Educators (ODE)

DeKalb County Public Library partnered with StoryCorps and utilized their StoryKit to record stories of DeKalb County residents. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of residents of DeKalb County. President of Organization of DeKalb Educators (ODE) recorded a story about education and how mentoring is important to communities.  The complete StoryKit interview which was recorded at the Stonecrest Library is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from David Schutten’s interview.


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Roberto Arevalo - In Celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month

DeKalb County Public Library partnered with StoryCorps and utilized their StoryKit to record stories during Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian American – Pacific Islander Month and Older Americans Month. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of residents of DeKalb County. Roberto Arevalo participated in a recording and spoke about his families transition to America.  The complete StoryKit interview which was recorded at the Ashford-Parkside Senior Residences is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from Roberto Arevalo’s interview.


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Herbert Hamlet

DeKalb County Public Library partnered with StoryCorps and utilized their StoryKit to record stories during Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian American – Pacific Islander Month and Older Americans Month. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of residents of DeKalb County. Herbert H. Hamlet participated in a recording and spoke about Rochester, NY and how the migration to the south affected his life.  The complete StoryKit interview which was recorded at the Ashford-Parkside Senior Residences is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from Herbert H. Hamlet’s interview.


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Florence Minton

StoryCorps did interviews at the Stonecrest Library with people who lived in or near the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area/Flat Rock Community of DeKalb County. The StoryCorps interviews were part of a special program series called Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of the Flat Rock-Arabia Mountain Community. The complete StoryCorps interviews recorded at the Stonecrest branch are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from the interview with Florence Minton and Thajura Harmon-Unongo discuss why Ms. Minton decided to move to DeKalb County, what the community was like back then, the schools her children attended and why her sense of community is so strong.


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Barbara Lester : Daughter to first African American elected to Lithonia City Council

StoryCorps did interviews at the Stonecrest Library with people who lived in or near the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area/Flat Rock Community of DeKalb County. The StoryCorps interviews were part of a special program series called Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of the Flat Rock-Arabia Mountain Community. The complete StoryCorps interviews recorded at the Stonecrest branch are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from the interview in which Barbara Lester talks to Teresa Totten about the history of segregation in the community.


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Jonathan Waits and Patricia Bryant Hughes - Flat Rock Museum

StoryCorps did interviews at the Stonecrest Library with people who lived in or near the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area/Flat Rock Community of DeKalb County. The StoryCorps interviews were part of a special program series called Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. The programs celebrated the history, diversity and preservation of the Flat Rock-Arabia Mountain Community. The complete StoryCorps interviews recorded at the Stonecrest branch are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress. Following is an excerpt from the interview in which Jonathan Waits talks to his cousin Patricia Bryant Hughes about how he started the Flat Rock Museum and how his family acquired the land where it sits.


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