Mugshots: Oral Histories - Preserving, Sharing, and Remembering Musikfest.
Mugshots: Oral Histories looks to community members to help tell the story of the largest, un-gated free music festival in America. Mugshots: Oral Histories is a collaborative project that marries oral history interviews and photography with interactive displays that provide a fun space for people to share their accounts of Musikfest. Check out the listening station to hear last year’s interviews and reminisce on the days when the Chicken Lady danced down Main Street or when festival goers took candle-lit walks through the festival grounds. Honor the old traditions, and celebrate the new ones.
Help make history now! Share and preserve your Musikfest memories, join a community of voices that will be preserved for years to come in the Library of Congress!
Oral history collects and preserves memories, historical information, past events, or interviews of witnesses by using sound or video recording.
Memorialize your experiences by telling your story in your own voice! Each personal account is recorded and uploaded to the StoryCorps website—a nonprofit oral history organization that is dedicated to collecting and sharing memories worldwide—where it will be archived in the Library of Congress database.
StoryCorps hopes to create connections, teach society the value of listening, strengthen communities around the world, and remind humanity that everyone’s story matters.
This year, Mugshots is going mobile! Find an Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites volunteer interviewer out on the festival grounds and record a Mini Mugshot. Mini Mugshots are 2-5 minutes.
Want to schedule a full length interview? Email Lindsey Jancay at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a time. Full length interviews take approximately 10-15 minutes
All interviews will be published to the StoryCorps website at the end of each day.
To commemorate the people behind the stories, HBMS will snap a polaroid photo of each participant.
Can't participate in a Mugshots interview? Here are other ways you can get involved:
- Stop by the HBMS photo booth on the first floor of the Luckenbach Mill to take a Polaroid picture. Pin it up with a handwritten note on the community board.
- Use the hashtag #FestMemories and tag Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites on social media as you post pictures of the event or to share your own story.
- Mugshots for the Pint Sized: Kids can draw their own portrait to add to the community board at the Luckenbach Mill
Commemorate your visit by purchasing a 2018 Musikfest mug at our Visitor Center on Main Street where your purchase will directly support 20 historic sites! With a $2 donation, you can even customize your Musikfest Mug with a Mugshots Sleeve, which will keep your tickets close at hand when you’re ready for a refill.