Libraries to Host Storybooth; Sterling Hall Bombing

August 17th, 2010

Where were you on August 24, 1970?

Beginning this August 23, the Wisconsin Story Project will install the Wisconsin Storybooth in Memorial Library (west corridor) to collect personal recollections of the Sterling Hall bombing. These personal stories will be added to the collections of the UW-Madison Archives and used as research for the Wisconsin Story Project’s next documentary theater project which will be based on the Sterling Hall event and the era of protest in Madison that preceded it.

The booth will remain in Memorial Library through August 29 and is open to the public. Representatives from the partnering units of the UW‐Madison Oral History Program and the Wisconsin Story Project will be on hand to assist community members with sharing and recording their stories.

About UW‐Madison Libraries & its Oral History Program

The UW-Madison Libraries’ staff and resources are vital to the teaching, learning, and research and outreach mission of the state’s flagship university. The campus oral history program aligns with the libraries’ vision by gathering, preserving, and providing access to audio recordings, transcripts, and other related material to people both on and off campus. The program also works with individuals and groups throughout Wisconsin to assist in the oral history interviews and projects.

About the Wisconsin Story Project

Founded in 2008 by Talish Barrow, Mike Lawler, and Christina Martin‐Wright, the Wisconsin Story Project is a non-profit artist collective dedicated to the gathering and creative-sharing of stories from Wisconsin. WSP recently staged its first full theatrical production, Cancer Stories, in The Playhouse at the Overture Center. It hosts monthly Storyshares, live storytelling events at The Project Lodge in Madison, and also produces a semi‐regular podcast called the Wisconsin Storycast, available on iTunes or at wisconsinstory.org.

About the Storybooth

Built with the generous support of the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition and American Players Theatre, the Wisconsin Storybooth debuted as part of an art installation called Cancer Stories…Art in the Playhouse Gallery of the Overture Center in May 2010. It will next be used at the annual event for the charity organization 4PeteSake in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and then be used to collect local memories of the Sterling Hall bombing of 1970 during the fortieth anniversary of the event.

Of related interest, visit the Campus Voices page (Oral History Program and UW Digital Collections)
and History of 20th Century Protests & Social Action at UW-Madison (UW-Madison Archives)

With thanks to Troy Reeves, Head, Oral History Program, for supplying this blog post.