Every community has its own story to tell.
Stories help shape the way a community sees itself – where it’s been and where it’s going, its individual personality and perspectives – what makes it different from other places. Or like Library Board member, Susan Zsigmond, said, “Stories are what give life to a place, a place without stories is nowhere.”
So the reason we do this is to remind one another of our shared humanity, our shared love of this place Big Sur, to strengthen and build the connections between us, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters.
We also hope that the project will help further the understanding of the awesome responsibility that was placed upon the Big Sur community thirty years ago when Leon Panetta, our congressman at the time, suggested that the long term protection of the coast would be left largely in the hands of the Big Sur community.
We are also creating an audio archive for the future.