If you haven't been there it's hard to describe what it's like in Nebraska, where the sky looms as large as the region's massive fertile fields. Custer County, seated in the middle of the state, is 2,576 square miles or bigger than the whole of Delaware! The population that covers these vast plains is just under 11,000 people. So how do you get young people dispersed across this giant county to throw their efforts into MoMS' youth storytelling initiative Stories: YES?
Creativity flows through Mississippian veins just as water flows through the bayous.
Have you ever given your hometown much thought? Why did people settle there? Has it existed for centuries or can its age be measured in decades? What keeps the economy going? Three young women in Lanesboro, Minnesota explored these questions in remarkable documentaries about their hometown. Perhaps the most important question they considered—what does the future of Lanesboro hold?
Last spring, Lawrence County Historical Society in Lawrenceville, Illinois collaborated with teachers and 15 students to explore the area's history of recurring floods in conjunction with the exhibition Water/Ways. The area has a series of levees in Illinois and nearby Indiana. The student researchers investigate how they protect communities thanks to a savvy network of Levee Commissioners and caretakers who patrol them when a levee is in danger of being breached.
Inspired by the MoMS exhibition Water/Ways, three teens collaborating with staff at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, Illinois created a poignant video called “The Pollution of Our Waterways in Central Illinois.” They already possessed some technical experience podcasting but the Stories from Main Street project allowed them to expand their skills, learning about lighting, recording outside, and perhaps the trickiest lesson, how to research and conduct successful interviews
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Since Stories: YES began, the goal has been to engage youth with their community and cultural organizations. In 2016, three young people in Lanesboro, Minnesota, created short...
Wynne, Arkansas is home to the Addison Shoe Company which once employed nearly 600 people in this town of only 8,000. In 2018, EAST classroom students at the Wynne Intermediate School...
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