In case you’ve been wondering what’s going on with that big silver Airstream in the plaza between Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Public Library, that’s the traveling headquarters for StoryCorps—the first and largest traveling oral history collection—which is here in Santa Barbara in partnership with local NPR affiliate KCLU gathering locals’ stories through December 20.
“One thing I’ve learned from being mayor is that people really love to tell stories,” says Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider at an informal welcome luncheon last Friday for the group, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has traveled the country recording the rich and varied life stories of more than 45,000 people.
There is a waiting list for reservations available at storycorps.org. “It’s worth a try,” says StoryCorps Mobile Tour Manager Eliza Bettinger. “We do sometimes have cancellations and even no-shows.”
Meanwhile you can check out StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, which will be parked in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s back plaza, 1130 State St. through this Friday.
Photo by Nell Campbell