10 November 2016

Capturing Stories -- A Great Holiday Tradition!

Capturing Stories -- A Great Holiday Tradition!

Since its founding in 2003, StoryCorps’ mission …

… is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

There is a short introductory video about “why” StoryCorps came into being; it’s worth a few minutes to watch.

With the holiday season fast approaching and many family meals happening, this is a great time to “listen” (and record) stories.

The StoryCorps DIY page talks about how you can do this with your cell phone or computer, tape recorder, or other equipment probably already sitting in your house, or, there is now a StoryCorps app that you can download and use.

You can find guidance on using the StoryCorps app via Getting Started (PDF), Interview Tips (PDF), and Strategies for Groups and Organizations (PDF).

Whether it’s your own family or that of someone in the community (living in a nursing home, hospitalized, attending senior programs, etc.) capturing the stories of those around us is important to maintaining their legacy while also capturing many moments in our shared global history that are at risk of disappearing forever. 

Let’s try and prevent the loss of more priceless stories.

Maybe your local genealogy society, scout or church group, civic society, etc., can sponsor an event, for the purpose of collecting stories.

Who will you interview this holiday season?

Tell us about your groups plans to sponsor the recording of stories.

Editor’s Note: Read past posts on Upfront with NGS regarding Storycorps here and National Day of Listening here.

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