Salina Public Library will record and archive nontraditional, personal, oral histories from residents of Saline County. “StoryCatchers: Recording the Stories of Our Community” is inspired by StoryCorps, a national oral history project. Equipment for StoryCatchers was purchased with a grant from the Earl Bane Foundation. Smoky Hill Museum is a partner on this project.

How Do I Sign Up?

The library will be looking for community members to share their stories about Salina and Saline County. Typically, an interview will be recorded using digital audio equipment. Interviews will be conducted as a conversation in which the interviewee is asked questions by someone they already know. With the permission of those being recorded, the library will keep copies of the recordings and publish them online, or use portions at community events. The person telling their story also will receive a copy of the recording on CD. If you know someone who has an interesting story of our community, please contact Barbara Mulvihill at (785) 825-4624 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete this form.

Share Your Story

What to Expect

Participants are asked to bring a family member, friend or neighbor to join them for a StoryCatchers session of 45-60 minutes. That person will conduct the interview. To prepare, read "What to Expect" here or pick up a copy the Information Desk at Salina Public Library.

Recorded Stories

Mike Mattson  Complete StoryCatchers Interview  Transcript
  Rocketeering Story   
  River Story   
Kathy Mastin Complete StoryCatchers Interview Transcript 
Sandy Winters Complete StoryCatchers Interview Transcript
2016 Smokey Hill River Festival Part 1  
  Part 2  
  Part 3  
Harley & Fred Elliott Complete StoryCatchers Interview  

About Heritage '76

In 1976, Salina celebrated its bicentennial. To mark the anniversary, Sally Lambert and Mary Jarvis led Heritage '76, a project design "to preserve the historic past and to celebrate it through education, research, art, music, photography and publications." (The Salina Journal, July 6, 1975). The oral history recording of Raymond I. Hagler was part of Heritage '76. To accompany the StoryCatcher project, the library has made Hagler's interview available below:

Raymond Hagler  Heritage '76 Oral History Project   Transcript 

Additional Resources

Learn more about the program that inspired StoryCatchers:  StoryCorps Do-It-Yourself Guide 
  Great Questions from StoryCorps 
  StoryCorps on Your Mobile Device