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.
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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.