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February 22, 2008

Record Your Communities History Today, One Phone Call At A Time

CARP, (Community Audio Recording Project) for those who are not familiar, is an audio recording project which allows you to call the following phone number, 413.320.4141, and leave a recording of up to two minutes in length, which then gets added to an online map of Northampton. The project has received a number of calls, which you can listen to at an online map of Northampton here. Recently Northamptonist received an email from Julie H. Bartlett, the archivist at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum Hampshire Room for Local History in Forbes Library, who inquired about collecting the audio files from the Community Audio Recording Project for their archives.

"A colleague alerted me to your Community Audio Project. Are these being archived? Forbes Library is committed to collecting today's history for future generations. This project would be a great addition to our archives."
Adding these audio files to the archives of Forbes Library is something I would be happy to do, and was pleased to see that the archivist at Forbes saw a value in collecting them.

The project will really start to develop into an intriguing record of oral history as more people call, particularly if the calls come to represent a varied and wide demographic of our community. I am excited for its continuing development, and would like to encourage anyone and everyone to call the number, 413.320.4141, and leave a message of any kind to be recorded. Immortalize whatever it is that is important to you in that moment. Your house, a tree, a car accident, a new business, a business going out of business. Report something, tell a story, sing a song, recite some poetry. 413.320.4141. Record your communities history, today.

Valley Advocate calls CARP, demands removal of stickers
Introduction to the Community Audio Recording Project

LABELS: northampton history, community audio recording project, citizen journalism