28 November 2014

Today is National Day of Listening -- You are Encouraged to Record an Interview With a Loved One

Source: http://www.lowcountryafricana.com/2013/11/22/5-ways-to-celebrate-the-national-day-of-listening/  

Yesterday you ate your turkey (and/or watched a parade, dog show or football game) and today you shopped until you dropped ... Now that all the “official” Thanksgiving activities are checked off and you are relaxing – this might be the perfect time to share family stories!

Did you know that though today is called by many “Black Friday” it is also called “National Day of Listening?”

I have been familiar with StoryCorps for a few years.  The idea of saving our stories, given how many have been lost in my own family alone, has always “struck a chord” with me.

The National Day of Listening is a new national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. You can use recording equipment that is readily available to you, such as computers, iPhones, and tape recorders. How you do it doesn’t matter!

Everyone is also encouraged to post a memory to Facebook or Twitter or to tape a tribute on youTube or record an interview with a teacher or anyone else you would like to honor.

At no cost, though donations would always be appreciated, one can record an interview of someone in your community and then share it via the Wall of Listening.  This can be an opportunity to visit those in veteran’s homes, senior centers, homeless shelters, and other community centers to make sure that their memories are preserved for the future or just start with the family members with whom you have just shared a Thanksgiving meal!

A Do-It-Yourself video and Guide are available on the site to help you.  The FamilySearch Blog also shares some ideas as does Lowcountry Africana.

And, nothing says that you have to wait until after Thanksgiving!  Any day that you are with family is a great opportunity to record a family story for posterity!

Did you record someone? What was the most special memory/thought they shared with you?




Editor’s Note: Versions of this post were published in 2011 & 2013.




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