The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS) invites you to record your 1972 Flood stories using a toll free voice message recording service.  Simply call 1-866-598-7273 and leave your story as a voice message.  The ARTS will record the stories and archive them at local libraries and historical societies.

The ARTS has used several methods to capture 1972 Flood stories in preparation for the Fortieth anniversary in 2012.   The ARTS brought StoryCorps, the national oral history project, to conduct thirty-six interviews in Elmira and Corning, June 22-27.  StoryCorps is an independent, not for profit project that has recorded over 25,000 stories since it began in 2003.  In order to make the 36 local interviews available in a fair manner, a lottery registration was established and names were drawn randomly.  A copy of their interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.  Additional copies will be archived in area libraries and historical societies making the interviews accessible to future researchers.

There are many more people with stories to share and The ARTS would like to record them all.  Therefore, The ARTS has established a toll free digital voice mail recording service for people to share their flood stories.  Simply dial 1-866-598-7273 and leave your story after the tone.  You will not receive any prompts.  Just use the service as you would a voice message.  The ARTS will archive the stories in local libraries and historical societies to preserve them for future historians. Make sure you’re a part of history – tell your story!

Leaving a message constitutes consent for your story to be stored in library collections and other archival institutions, and used for educational, scholarly and other purposes including podcasts, films or audio productions without compensation to yourself or your heirs.

This effort is supported by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc., The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Triad Foundation, the Elmira Star Gazette and the Corning Leader.

For more information about StoryCorps visit  The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the leading arts services and development agency in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.  For more information call Connie Sullivan-Blum at The ARTS 607-962-5871 x222, email, or go to