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Sharing Your Appalachian Experience on StoryCorps

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Let's Talk Appalachia!

Be part of our winter exhibition by sharing your stories, recollections, and thoughts about living in Appalachia!

The Pellissippi State Libraries invite students, faculty, and staff to contribute short interviews about their experience of Appalachia. These audio recordings will be posted to a special collection on the StoryCorps website and publicly available. StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “listening to America,” and they have collected over 325,000 conversations with ordinary people since 2003. Our goal is to build an archive of stories created by the Pellissippi State community. 

Use this guide for information about how to record and share your interview. Find a partner and use our prepared list of questions for your interview or make up some of your own. Then, have a conversation! 

Need help? Feel free to email Allison McKittrick at or schedule a virtual appointment with Allison McKittrick, Mary Ellen Spencer, or Susan Martel.

This project is in support of the Appalachian Heritage Project, an initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Libraries offer quarterly programming to celebrate the narrative of this remarkable region. To learn more about the Appalachian Heritage Project, contact Allison McKittrick at

Listening is an act of love and respect. -- Dave Isay, StoryCorps founder