The Object Project is an ongoing campus storytelling program that asks St. Lawrence University students to reflect on–and share–significant objects in their lives: the tools and talismans that connect us to our passions, our people, our identities, and our stories.
The storytelling project began with Nicole Roche’s fascination with beloved objects and related stories and grew from there.
In Springs 2019 and 2020, she taught an FYS titled “Everyday Artifacts,” in which students explored the deep connections between family history, family stories, and treasured family heirlooms and other artifacts.
In Spring 2020, she was awarded an Innovation Grant from St. Lawrence University to start the Object Project on campus using the StoryCorps DIY Module. Students in the Spring 2021 “Campus Storytelling” seminar explored a variety of digital platforms to produce “object stories” that reflected on significant objects connected to them and their St. Lawrence peers. Students from several other classes have contributed to the growing Object Project archive, including Roche’s Fall 2022 FYP “We Are Our Stories” and Spring 2023 “Digital Storytelling” class.