For the next five weeks, a silver airstream will be camped out next to the Plaza bandstand.
This isn't a case of lost tourists or a touring band gone broke—no one is squatting inside. The interior has been retrofitted to accommodate a recording studio, which, according to the StoryCorps mission statement, is "dedicated to recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs."
The organization has been capturing stories from people around the nation since 2003, with 40,000 tales already in the archives. Virginia Lora, the site supervisor, is wrapping up the final weeks
of a three-year stint with the organization, and will be facilitating
the transcription of Santa Fean stories until the booth travels onward
on Feb. 9. To add your own story, call 1-800-850-4406 to make a reservation, or visit storycorps.org
KSFR 101.1 FM has partnered with StoryCorps and will air selected interviews. The official opening ceremony is at the New Mexico History Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 11:00 am, following the booth's first official interview, which is with Mayor David Cross. Ali MacGraw, Rep. Brian Egolf and Lucinda Marker are also scheduled to make remarks at the ceremony.
This is a great opportunity for all those frustrated storytellers out there, not to mention the numerous living treasures
who have yet to pass on their unique Santa Fe stories from memory to archive.Photo by Loren Bienvenu