Why Tell My Story?

The Digital Story Project is an opportunity to spotlight something important to your life in the context of California history; it will be available for future generations to see and hear local history as it happened to you.

Your story will be part of an ever-expanding collection that will help us better understand ourselves and one another, and connect our lives to the people and places that make up our community.

View Project Stories

View Alameda Japanese-American Project Stories

View Storymaker Stories

View Snapshot Day
at the Alameda Free Library

View Happy Birthday to Alameda Free Library

Getting Started

What can I bring to the Digital Story Station?

CDs, Records, Audio Cassettes, etc.

Printed, on disc, or on your digital camera's memory card

DVD or VHS format

Remember, if you don't have music or photographs you can still tell your story!

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The Alameda Free Library and its local partners thank you for your interest in our project and invite you to participate!

With digital tools and media, we are working to record and preserve unique memories of our community for future generations, weaving together voice, video, personal photographs and images, documents and music to make a lasting testimony of a moment in our history.

A media specialist will assist you every step of the way as you record your 3-5 minute digital story, which can be illustrated with your own photos and videos. Your recorded story will be archived at the Library, posted on the Digital Story Station website, and you'll also receive your own DVD copy to take home.

If you are interested in telling your Alameda tale, please phone to schedule an appointment on (510) 747-7730 or sign up online here.

Read The Island blog's Monday Profile of Jeannette Copperwaite, California of the Past Alameda's Media Specialist, here!

Read about our project in the Alameda Times Star story by Jennifer Rumple!

About the California of the Past Project

California of the Past is supported in whole or in part by a California State Library grant, by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian via Califa with services provided by Media Arts Center San Diego.

With appreciation and thanks to Royalty Free Music.com
for their generous donation of royalty-free production music!