Rural Storytelling Project

Worksite Location
CCE Ulster County, CCE Columbia-Greene, CCE Dutchess County
Project Dates
June-August 2020
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Melanie Forstrom, CCE Ulster County
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Within Ulster County, the rural-urban divide is deeply felt. The ecological, historical, agricultural and cultural history and diversity of Ulster and surrounding counties offers a fascinating window in to this divide. Our region is experiencing another uptick in interest, including the Catskills being named as the #2 destination to visit in the world by Lonely Planet in 2019. With this increased interest comes deepening divisions and new possibilities. The Rural Humanities project can help us to make sure multi-faceted stories are told about the latest chapter in our region’s history, together with all its antecedents. Ulster County 4-H and surrounding counties are very motivated to create new partnerships within Cornell that tell the untold stories of our region and communicate commonalities that bridge this divide.

*Accepting multiple students for this opportunity

Roles and Responsibilities

• June: Work with local youth to research their community history and interview prominent community members

• July: Deliver a series of workshops to prepare youth to tell their community’s story through a presentation or exhibit at the Ulster County Fair (July 27th-Aug 2nd 2020)

• August: Create impact-driven audience engagement and storytelling campaign

Qualifications and Previous Coursework
Benefits and Skills

• Opportunity to improve your own storytelling and presentation skills • Build your resume while assisting the local community

• Help to bridge the rural-urban divide

• Work on a high-profile project

• Learn more about media creation and impact-driven audience engagement campaigns