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Oral history project at Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park

Have a story to tell? Whether it's a memory of early picnics at Sibley State Park or about why you made New London your community, the New London Oral History Project wants to hear it!

People of all ages are invited to share their stories and memories this summer.

"I'll be focusing on three different generations," said Kelsey Olson, the naturalist at Sibley State Park who will be leading the story collection. "New London is experiencing an influx of people in their late 20s, 30s and 40s, and I'd like to find out from them how they use the park and why they moved to town. I'll also be asking younger community members where they play and explore, and I'll compare their stories with those of older community members. I hope some of them will share memories about early recreation and the creation of Sibley State Park."

More opportunities to record your stories

More stories will be collected over the 4th of July weekend. Please stay tuned on our events calendar for details as we get closer to the date. Or if you?d like to request an interview to be part of the project please contact naturalist Kelsey Olson at 320-354-2002 or

July 16:
Visit one of the StoryCorps Interview Stops at Cre8tive Escapes, the Greenwater Garage and Grace Living Community GlenOaks between noon and 5 p.m. during the New London Water Days celebration. Appointments are not necessary but can be made at 320-354-2002 or Interviews will be 40 minutes or less.

You also can record your own story using a StoryCorps app.This link leads to an external site.
Need assistance downloading and working the app? Meet Olson during a StoryCorp App Assistance Drop-in either Thursday, June 30, or Thursday, July 7. Olson will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. in the back room of Lake Effect Coffee and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Goat Ridge Brewery both days.

Where your stories will go

All stories will be archived by Minnesota Reflections, a project of the Minnesota Digital Library, and StoryCorps, heard weekly on National Public Radio's Morning Edition program.

Transcripts and short bios of interviewees will be made accessible for everyone on a New London Oral History website. QR (Quick Response) codes, readable by smart phones, will be placed at Sibley State Park and the Riverspace Area in New London, allowing people to listen to stories about those places on the spot. A website will also be created where transcripts and bios of interviewees will be available.

The project is made possible by an ArtPlace America grant from the National Creative Placemaking Fund received by the New London Riverplace Project.