StoryCorps Records Valley Voices at YSU

StoryCorps poster at McDonough Museum, YSU
StoryCorps poster at McDonough Museum, YSU

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected more than 40,000 conversations between people from all backgrounds and beliefs wanting to share the stories of their lives. It is one of the largest and most unique oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to weekly StoryCorps broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. Now voices from the Mahoning Valley is part of StoryCorps. "Voices of the Vallley" -- a project recording 30 conversations between 60 local people -- is happening now at the McDonough Museum of Art. 

The StoryCorps team came to Youngstown earlier this month, at the invitation of the McDonough Museum of Art Director Leslie Brothers. Over a five-day period they are recording unrehearsed conversations between individuals chosen for their deep community connections and their efforts to transforming the Mahoning Valley through entrepreneurship, redevelopment, technology, activism, and faith.  The participants were chosen by a committee representing eight valley organizations including the McDonough and WYSU, a sponsor of the project.  The following is a list of all converstatio partners:

StoryCorps Voices of the Valley 2014

Ian Beniston & Jim London
Sean Jones & Dr. Bryan Depoy
Bill Lawson & Sharon Letson
Bill Mullane & Dr. Louis Zona
Paul Ricciuti & Raymond J. Jaminet
John Pogue & Deryck Toles
Dennis Blank & Frank Abbott
Father Ed Noga & Carl James
Father Ed Noga & Alice Noga
Sybil West & Cleotonia Heller
Sister Ann McManamon,HM & Mike Iberis
Sister Patricia McNicholas & Regina (Jean) Waris
Pastor Chris McKee & Brian Corbin
Bill Mullane & Germaine Bennett
Sophia Buggs & Jay Coy
Sheila Calko & Susan Lee
Amy Gordiejew & Keith LaMar
Ora Barrett & Penny Wells
Sarah Lowry & Stephanie Kight
Ronald Cornell Faniro & Suzanne Barbati
Susan Sexton & Caryn Covelli
Gina Marinelli & Jeff Kelly
Cheryl Lewis & Catherine Cala
Dr. Al Cinelli & Doug Wentz
Wayne Huggins & Pastor Dee Emmert
Hattie Wilkins & Juanita James
David Luscher & Dr. Martin Berger
Barb Ewing & Rob Gorham
Carl Nunziato & MIke Iberis
Dr. Ronald Gould & Dr. Randall Goldberg

You can hear the recorded conversations at the McDonough Museum at Youngstown State University starting June 24 through July 26.  They will also be archived in the Library of Congress. Call the McDonough at 330-941-1400 for more information.