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Aural History: Discovering the Past Through Sound
UAlbany Workshop Explores Techniques for Preserving Region's Rich History

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980 

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2003) - A workshop on "Discovering, Recording, and Preserving the Stories of Our Past" will be held at the University at Albany on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., in Milne 200, on the UAlbany downtown campus. The event is part of the Capital Voices ~ Capital Lives project, an ongoing effort of the UAlbany History Department to gather, preserve, and make accessible the sounds, voices, and stories of this historically-rich region. It is free and open to the public.

The daylong symposium will focus on the aural history of the Capital Region. Speakers will discuss the importance of gathering the sonic treasures of this region's history, while workshops will explore recording and interview techniques, demonstrate the use of antique and modern recording technologies, explain how to preserve old recordings, and offer detailed instruction on how to produce historical documentaries from "found" and created sound.

Sessions will include Hidden Traditions: Connecting with Songs and Stories of the Capital Region, and Situating Stories: Sounding Places, Placing Sounds. To register, or for more information, contact

Capital Voices ~ Capital Lives is the latest effort by the University History Department's ClioMedia Initiatives, directed by Gerald Zahavi and Susan McCormick, to focus on the importance of aural history and to make publicly available the sounds and stories of the past related to the Capital Region. For more on the project, visit

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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