StoryCorps ready to record your stories
By Mike Cook
Las Cruces Bulletin
New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers and his daughter, Carol Owensby, were the first visitors to the StoryCorps mobile unit Monday morning, Jan. 4, as it began a month-long visit to Las Cruces to record the oral histories of local residents.
Carruthers said he talked to Owensby, an advanced educational services facilitator at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, about his father and her grandfather, William Carruthers, who died before Owensby was born.
Garrey Carruthers grew up in Cedar Crest, N.M. He served as governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991, and become NMSU president in 2013.
StoryCorps, a nonprofit that has been gathering Americans’ stories for more than a decade, will have about 130 interview slots available during its Jan. 4 to 31 visit to Las Cruces, said Glen Cerny, executive director of KRWG FM/TV, which is partnering with StoryCorps on the project.
The collected interviews will be archived in the Library of Congress, he said, with a handful aired on StoryCorps national broadcasts on PBS. Another 20 to 25 of the interviews will be aired locally by KRWG.
“I’m thrilled that we get to be included in this national effort,” he said. This is the third time Story-Corps has visited Las Cruces in the past nine years, Cerny said.
The Brooklyn-based StoryCorps crew, comprised of Stacey Todd, Erika Romero and Felix Lopez, traveled to Las Cruces from Tucson. They head to San Antonio Feb. 1. While in Las Cruces, their “MobileBooth,” an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio, will be parked behind the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 490 N. Water St. on the downtown mall.
StoryCorps began with a “StoryBooth” in Grand Central Terminal in New York. It has received two Peabody awards, and founder Dave Isay received the Ted Prize in 2015.
If you want your oral history to be recorded, make a reservation by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406, or make the reservation online at storycorps.