‘Voices of the Valley’ now open at Youngstown museum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Anyone who has ever wanted to listen in on a conversation between great community leaders now has the chance.

The McDonough Museum of Art, located on Wick Avenue on the Youngstown State University campus, invited StoryCorps to record 30 conversations between 60 Valley leaders. The project, “Voices of the Valley” was recorded over five days last week and is now available for public listening.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization that provides people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record, share and preserve their stories, to record and chronicle a representative cross-section of the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley community.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on their website.

“Many of these people have been making a difference in this community for a long, long time and we are so grateful for their participation and I think this community will really enjoy having access to these stories,” said McDonough Museum Executive Director Leslie Brothers.

The public also is invited to participate in the “Share Your Story Booth” at the museum. A recording booth will be available in the museum for 25-minute conversations.

To make a reservation for the booth, call 330-941-1400. Participants will receive a copy of their recording and the possible inclusion in “DIGITAL.MAAG,” a Maag Library site accessible to the public.

Hours for the McDonough Museum of Art are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. The exhibit runs through July 26.

For more information, call 330-941-1400 or visit the museum’s website.


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