Satko's Ark, the media documentary is an experiment in non-fiction storytelling designed for web based use by students, teachers and a general audience.
The core audio portion is a nine episode narrative created in a radio documentary format. It relies heavily on primary source recordings, including a Paul Satko interview recording from 1941 made by Amos Burg for the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Contemporary interviews with Satko family members, witnesses and researchers are also used.
With each episode there is an associated portfolio of documents, images and materials related to that portion of the story. Our intention is to provide a narrative spine for the saga of the Satko family's journey but not to dictate how it is composed and understood by the viewer. Using the primary source materials- the photos, newspaper articles etc,- we hope visitors will come to the story as investigators and assemble the historical records as they choose. Everyone will put the story together in a slightly different way. This notion of a subjective view of history is reinforced by the interviews with the surviving Satko family members and witnesses who each tell parts of the story differently and each seem to remember details in different tones.
The improbable story of Satko's Ark belongs to everyone and in its retelling we claim nothing more than a sense of marvel at the family's journey story.
All of the materials and original audio available from this site is free and open source for students, teachers, researchers and simply those who share our appreciation of a true story well told.
We are however, intensely interested in how the Satko's story is discovered and spread, how it is used and retold and by whom. Not so we can sell you anything or even contact you but just to satisfy our own curiosity about the audience for stories like this told in this style. We hope that if you find value in this site and the Satko's adventure you will take the time to enter your thoughts in our log.
And if you can add something to our story and archive, are a member of the extended Satko family or witnessed and remember any details we have missed or misunderstood please leave us a message. And if you have photos, images or other materials that relate to the story, please share them with all of us.
The criteria for web-based information are based on access guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium.
Many of these provisions ensure access for people with vision impairments who rely on various assistive products to access computer-based information, such as screen readers, which translate what's on a computer screen into automated audible output, and refreshable Braille displays. Generally, this means use of text labels or descriptors for graphics and certain format elements. HTML code already provides an "Alternative Text" tag for graphics which can serve as a verbal descriptor for graphics.
While these standards apply to Federal web sites, not neccessarily to private sector web sites, we feel that accessible sites offer significant advantages that go beyond access. For example, those with "text-only" options provide a faster downloading alternative and can facilitate transmission of web-based data to cell phones and personal digital assistants.