This collection of 24 digital stories documents the experiences of people coming to and living in Monterey Park and in California. The stories feature three topics of people, places and events. Highlights include stories about local theatre productions and plays, family stories about immigrating to the United States and to Monterey Park, stories from local artists and authors, the establishment of East Los Angeles Community College, and general experiences in the community.
About the Digital Storytelling Project
Anyone with access to the Internet can watch this collection of digital stories. Digital stories were recorded in the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and in the local community. Storytellers contributed photographs and videos from their personal collections to create these miniature two-to-five minute films highlighting their experiences.
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library was selected in 2010 to be a participant in the California of the Past: Digital Storytelling Grant Program. This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The goal of the California of the Past: Digital Storytelling Grant Program is to promote inter-generational sharing of stories of California, provide library staff with digital storytelling program skills, create a statewide history resource of life in California, and encourage partnerships between the library and community.
Twenty-four stories have been recorded using the Digital Storytelling Station. Each story was edited with media (video, photographs, music) provided by either the storytellers, or available in the public domain. The stories are then loaded to Youtube where they are available to the general public via the Internet. A DVD copy of the stories is also available in three volumes at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and the individual storytellers receive copies of their videos. The library is committed to producing further stories over the next few years to expand this initial collection.