I'm excited to announce the Coastal Voices Kickstarter project I just launched with my friend and co-author Susan West. Here's the link:
We have already completed Phase I of the project, including training people in the community on interviewing and digital recording techniques for oral history collection.
Phase 2, where folks actually get out there and collect/transcribe oral histories of NC fishermen, boat builders, net makers, etc. and put together an online exhibit, was slated to begin Oct 1 pending funding from the National Park Service. Well, for the 2nd year in a row, funding got sidelined by Congressional budget battles.
Are we going to let that stop us? Heck no! Too many people have stepped up to be part of this project! And there are so many compelling stories to share. So we are turning to YOU to help us raise the funds to work this winter and have an exhibit on NC maritime life online by late spring/early summer 2014.
Here's how Kickstarter works: we have until Nov. 25 to meet our goal of $8,400 in pledges. Pledges can range from $1 up. Go to our site and see the great REWARDS you receive depending on your pledge.
If we don't meet the goal, you are out nothing. If we DO meet our goal, you get your rewards PLUS the reward of knowing you helped Outer Banks and Down East communities tell their story, their way.
Please consider making a pledge! And tell your friends about our project - feel free to send them the link. You support is needed and hugely appreciated. Here's the link again:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102113.htm.