The leaves are just starting to spread here in the North Country! In celebration of spring, we’re sharing a little project we’ve been working on, called Signs of Spring. Each interview we’ve done since the beginning of March has included the question, “What is the first sign of spring?” We’re showcasing all the responses along with daily photos of Moody Pond by Amy Catania. This is an ongoing project! Check it out and don’t forget to submit your own response! http://www.hslstories.org/signs-of-spring.html
Welcome back to Talking Points! Today we’re sharing some advice for interviewing folks experiencing memory loss. These interviews are absolutely worthwhile! Check out the video below for some tips to help make an interview a positive experience.
StoryCorps has published a fantastic guide for conducting interviews with people living with memory loss as part of their Memory Loss initiative. You can check it out here: https://storycorps.org/discover/memory-loss-initiative/
Welcome to another Live from the Porch concert! Today we’re featuring HSL tour guide and former intern, Connor Celeste! Connor is performing an Adirondack folk song, The Ballad of Blue Mountain Lake. It’s a classic lumber camp song which tells the story of Bill Mitchel and the lumberjacks of Township Nineteen.
Historic Saranac Lake is launching a new documentation project, “Saranac Lake in the Time of COVID.” To help document local history, we’re asking community members to send in responses to two questions: 1) How has the pandemic affected your life? 2) What have you learned during this experience? Email your written response or send a voice recording to firstname.lastname@example.org. As part of the project we will be collecting responses in person at pop-up stations, while maintaining social distance. Fill out our online survey here.
Have more to share about the impact of the pandemic on life in Saranac Lake? We are conducting full-length oral history interviews over the phone. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in participating in an interview.
Today on Talking Points we're covering the subject of silence in an interview. Silences can be uncomfortable, but they play an important role in interviews! Our instinct is to fill up silence with speech, but people need time to reflect and remember. You both need time to breath! Slowing down is especially important during difficult or emotional subjects. Watch below for some tricks to using silence to create a more thoughtful interview.
Welcome to another Story Saturday! Today's story is from this March, when the Fish and Game Club hosted their 36th annual Colby Classic Fishing Derby. We brought the Cure Porch on Wheels to the shores of Lake Colby and interviewed local fishermen to help document this Adirondack tradition.
Charlie Jessie, who has helped with all 36 derbies, was the one who put the first ever tagged fish into Lake Colby. A few hours later we interviewed Alyssa and her father, Henry. Alyssa (11 years old) had just caught an 8.5 lb northern pike, and Henry shared that his father was the one who caught the first tagged trout in Lake Colby!
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We're posting all the latest news, videos, and stories from Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project and Cure Porch on Wheels here. Stay tuned for Talking Points on Sunday, Live from the Porch on Tuesday and Saturdays, and other weekly offerings!