StoryCorps and Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music is excited to announce a new partnership with StoryCorps, and in celebration of our 60th anniversary we will be working together to gather and share stories from across the Old Town School community.

The team at the Old Town School Resource Center is working with StoryCorps Chicago to record, share, and archive a first-person, human picture of the school's 60-year history - and we invite you to participate!

New StoryCorps & Old Town School Podcast Series

The Archives is celebrating the school's 60th anniversary with a six-part documentary of the School's history, through the voices and songs of the people who were there. You'll hear archival music and recordings from Studs Terkel, Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins and the school's founders, as well as many of the people who participated in our oral history partnership with StoryCorps this past year.

To listen,

More Ways to Participate:

1. Invite a friend, colleague, or a person you know well to sit down for a 40-minute conversation, and schedule your interview either at the Old Town School or at a StoryCorps booth, by emailing the Resource Center.

2. Use the StoryCorps app on your mobile device or computer, record anywhere, and tag your story with "Old Town School" to add your conversation to the growing collection.

If you need an interview partner, or have any other questions about the project, please email the Resource Center.

Sample Questions

  • How did you originally become involved with the Old Town School of Folk Music?
  • For students: What classes and instruments did you study at the Old Town School?
  • For teachers: What classes and instruments did you teach at the Old Town School?
  • For teachers: What are you most proud of as a teacher? Why does it make you feel proud?
  • Why did you start coming to classes or concerts at Old Town School?
  • Was there a particular teacher who had a big influence on you? What are some of the most important lessons that person taught you?
  • Tell me about some favorite stories from your time at the Old Town School.
  • How has the Old Town School influenced your life? Tell me about any particular people who influenced you, either personally or professionally. Share examples of how they impacted you.
  • Turn the tables: Tell the person you're interviewing what they've meant to you.

StoryCorps Resources

StoryCorps is a non-profit oral history project with a mission to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, StoryCorps partnerships with National Public Radio and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress have already archived over 100,000 stories and millions listen to weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition as well as a local series airing on WBEZ 91.5 FM.