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WAMU 88.5’s Metro Connection brings neighborhood stories alive in “Door to Door” partnership with DC Public Library

WAMU 88.5’s Metro Connection and the DC Public Library today launched Door to Door at DC Public Library, a project dedicated to documenting the unique identity of the neighborhoods of the District of Columbia through oral history and multimedia journalism.

The project, funded through the Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, builds off Metro Connection’s regular “Door to Door” segment, a sound-rich feature during which residents of the region share characteristics of the neighborhoods they call home.

As demographics of the District shift and news outlets cut back on local coverage, Door to Door at DC Public Library provides residents from neighborhoods and populations underrepresented in the media with an opportunity to share the history of their communities.

Local residents are invited to contribute their neighborhood stories to Door to Door at DC Public Library at a series of recording sessions across the District, the first of which will take place 1 – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library (1630 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). Select interviews recorded during the sessions will air on WAMU 88.5’s Metro Connection, and all recordings will be archived in the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The recorded audio will also become part of a digital installation to include images and other content created for Door to Door at DC Public Library. The materials will be installed online at wamu.org alongside maps, photographs, genealogy records and other artifacts from the library’s Washingtoniana collection, which houses rich archival and historical information on the city’s neighborhoods.

“Door to Door” can be heard during Metro Connection, which airs at 1 p.m., Fridays, and 7 a.m., Saturdays, on WAMU 88.5. The “Door to Door” segment also airs at 2:56 p.m., Sundays. For more information about Door to Door at DC Public Library, visit http://wamu.org/events/door_to_door_at_dcpl. For more information about the Nov. 19 recording session, call Anina Ertel at the DC Public Library at 202-727-0971.

 American University’s radio station since 1961, WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area. With more than 740,000 listeners in the Washington-Baltimore region, WAMU 88.5 is where “the mind is our medium.” WAMU also broadcasts from 88.3 Ocean City on the Delmarva peninsula and in Washington on three HD channels — the flagship frequency at 88.5–1; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, a bluegrass and Americana station, at 105.5 FM and 88.5–2; and Intersection, at 88.5–3, a news and information station broadcasting international coverage from the BBC and offering public radio programs unavailable elsewhere in the Washington area. For more information, visit wamu.org.

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