News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 15, 2018
Documentary storyteller to hear and tell local stories

Galen Koch

Galen Koch will park her Airstream in Stonington and soon begin to record stories from local residents.

Penobscot Bay Press file photo

by Monique Labbe

Island fishermen young and old will have an opportunity to tell their stories next week when documentary storyteller and Stonington native Galen Koch comes to town.

Koch renovated a 1976 Airstream last year, with the idea to travel the state and hear the stories of local Mainers involved in the fishing industry. She will be in town beginning Monday, March 19, and will have open hours in the Airstream for people to visit, talk and record their stories.

“Folks can stop by to share a story, provide their own ideas on what stories they would like told, or people they would like recorded, or just to see the Airstream or ask questions,” said Koch.

The stories will be used as part of a project called The First Coast Studio, a multi-media project that Koch plans to work on in the Airstream, which she turned into a media lab.

The Airstream will be parked at the top of Russ Hill (top of Opera House hill), with open hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays for the next several weeks. Those interested in meeting with Koch can call her at 664-4759, or send an email to

“I’ll be offering digitizing services of VHS, cassette, and 16 mm film. If anyone wants more information about those services they should definitely stop by or get in touch,” she said.