Voices of the Valley opens June 24 at McDonough

storycorpslogo“Voices of the Valley,” recorded stories about transforming the Mahoning Valley, will be presented June 24 to July 26 at the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The museum on Wick Avenue invited StoryCorps, 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. The result is “Voices of the Valley” – 30 conversations among 60 individuals recorded over five days.

Visitors can listen to the conversations at the museum in individual, quiet, comfortable spaces using a variety of sound devices.

The public is also 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. Hours are limited. 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. For more information, call 330-941-1400 or visit www.mcdonoughmuseum.ysu.edu.

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, at storycorps.org, and through their podcast.