For the finale of our Live from the Porch program we’re excited to feature the Adirondack Barbershop Coalition, the ABC! Members Rick Burdt, Jessica Deeb, Diane Loeber, and Rich Loeber are performing Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka. The encore is Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby by Les Applegate. Thank you ABC! View the whole series here.
Today on Talking Points, oral history coordinator Kayt Gochenaur is sharing a favorite interview tip: ask questions about things you are really interested in! Interviews are not about the interviewer and their personal interests. But a few questions about something you are personally passionate about, whether it’s cooking or movies, can build your bond with your interviewee and give you new insights into their life.
This week on Story Saturday we are featuring Russell Shefrin! Russell grew up on the grounds at Ray Brook Sanatorium. After curing from TB at Trudeau Sanatorium, Russell's father took a job at Ray Brook. In this excerpt from a 2013 interview, Russell describes his childhood home and the curious experience of seeing replicas of that home at a number of other state facilities. To read more about Russell's memories of Ray Brook Sanatorium, check out his wiki page: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Russell_Shefrin
Welcome to our penultimate Live from the Porch performance! Today we’re featuring Peter Crowley. Peter is performing a personal favorite of his, Lights of the City. This rendition of the gospel song is closest to one written by soul singer and songwriter Ray Lewis. Tune in next Tuesday for the final performance in our Live from the Porch series! View the whole series here.
Welcome back to Talking Points! This week's video contains tips for handling difficult subjects in an interview. We hope these videos are helping you have important conversations, and have inspired you to ask your loved ones about their stories! We'll see you next Sunday! View the whole series here.
Welcome to another performance on Live from the Porch! For the past six weeks, local musicians have stopped by the Cure Porch on Wheels in snow or sweltering weather to share solo concerts with us. Today we are excited to feature Addison Bickford on Live from the Porch! Addison is performing the blues tune, “Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down” written by Eric Bibb and Charlotte Höglund. View the whole series here.
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. View the whole series here.
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.
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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!