If These Woods Could Talk
An oral history of Wisconsin's Northwoods
The Rhinelander District Library is seeking stories about the Northwoods. We want to record your voice telling your stories the way you want to tell them.
So, what constitutes a story?
Let’s talk about…
a life in the Northwoods and how things have changed
folklore and cultural memory
local historical events you witnessed
your own historical research
the biggest musky your grandpa ever pulled out of Boom Lake
a biography of someone you admire(d)
the time the whole town came together to save the orphanage
a conversation with another lifelong local
the High School Mock Trial National Championship team you were on
a family secret that’s too good to keep
Do you have interest in recording or an idea for a story?
Okay! I have a story to tell. Where do I begin?
We want to help you tell your story the way it should be told.
- record a conversation with a friend related to a topic
- interview someone
- come to RDL to be interviewed yourself
- find a comfortable spot to record on your own
- put a recorder in the middle of a big, round table and let the family hash out the minute details
How do I record?
Use your own handheld recorder or even your smartphone.
What if I don't have a recording device?
RDL has you covered! Check out our easy-to-use recording kit. It’s simple to set up, and includes a recorder and two microphones.
What sort of audio editing software do I need?
Don’t worry about it. RDL and WXPR staff will make sure your story is cleaned up and ready to be heard.
LSA II / Project Lead, If These Woods Could Talk
715-365-1070 Ext. 2074
Rhinelander District Library
106 N. Stevens St.
Rhinelander, WI 54501