Seward Park Library Hosts Oral Storytelling Workshop With The Moth

Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

Over the last few months, we’ve been following the Lower East Side Oral History Project that’s being overseen by the Seward Park Library and the Chinatown Legacy Project at the Chatham Square Library. With the help of volunteers, they’ve collected close to 100 interviews and they are still looking to record more. Recording kits are available at Seward Park and Tompkins Square.

If you have a story from the neighborhood to tell, and would like to do it for an audience, there’s still time to sign up for the April storytelling workshop with the The Moth.

Experienced story instructors are visiting Seward Park Library to lead a three week storytelling workshop on April 1, 8, and 15 with a final showcase on Thursday, April 20th. Click HERE to fill out a form and reserve your spot by this Friday, March 17th. 

Seward Park garden, with the public library in the background.

Seward Park garden, with the public library in the background.

Local storytellers who participate in The Moth Community Workshop will share their stories at a live event on Thursday, April 20th at the Seward Park Library.

The full collection of stories will be permanently available at the Milstein Division of US History, Local History and Genealogy. You can listen to the recordings here.

Lower East Side Oral History Project Hosts Kickoff Jan. 19

Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

A few weeks ago we mentioned the New York Public Library’s Lower East Side Oral History Project. So far, more than 30 interviews have been posted online featuring some of your neighbors. Coming up on Jan. 19, the library is hosting a kickoff celebration.

Held at the Seward Park Library, it will include a listening session (of oral histories collected to date), a preview of images from the LES Heritage Collection, a performance by local musician Oren Bloedow and refreshments. There will also be a screening of Yudie, a 16mm film shot in 1974. It’s a portrait of the filmmaker Mirra Bank’s resilient 70-year-old Jewish aunt, whose parents immigrated from Russia to the Lower East Side.

The program is from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome but the library would like you to RSVP if you plan to attend.

Lower East Side Oral History Project Seeks Community Volunteers

Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

The New York Public Library has a community oral history project focused on several neighborhoods, including the Lower East Side.

So far around a dozen audio interviews have been posted on the library’s website. They will be permanently available at the Milstein Division of US History, Local History and Genealogy. You can listen to the recordings here.

The library has been training community volunteers to conduct those interviews. The other day we heard from a volunteer, Walter Petrichyn, who’s helping to train interviewers. There’s a training session tonight at 6 p.m. at Tomplins Square Library (sorry about the late notice). Click here for more details.