Sacramentans Sharing Life Stories for Future Generations

10:49 AM, May 10, 2008   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Shirley Chambers has told plenty of stories in her 85 years on this earth. But on Friday, she was sharing her favorites with her adult granddaughter Cassie in an Airstream trailer parked in front of the downtown Sacramento Library. "I heard about StoryCorps on NPR (National Public Radio) one morning," said Cassie. "A woman was singing to her grandchild and I was just amazed. I was like, I want my Grandma to sing the song she sang to me." So with the help of a StoryCorps facilitator, Cassie conducted an interview of her grandmother that was recorded on to a CD. "I asked her about her childhood growing up, about my Pop Pop, and how she met him," Cassie said. Shirley met Warren Hugh Chambers, a World War II vet, at a dance in San Francisco many years ago. "He asked me to dance and I did," said Shirley. "Oh we just loved dancing together, it was just wonderful." The couple went on to marry, have four children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. "I will save this CD and pass it on to my children so they can hear the songs that she (Shirley) sang to me," said Cassie. StoryCorps began in 2003 as a small booth in New York City's Grand Central Station. Now, they have two mobile booths that travel around the country. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD and is also preserved at the Library of Congress. NPR also broadcasts pieces of some of the conversations. "It was great," said Cassie. "I'm so glad that we made time to do it." By the end of 2008, StoryCorps will have visited 78 cities. The trailer that was set up in Sacramento is leaving after Saturday and heading to Boise, Idaho. If you didn't get a chance to visit the StoryCorps trailer while it was in Sacramento, a permanent booth is scheduled to be set up in October at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.


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