StoryCorps is Coming to Town
Fellow NPR junkies, you know what this is. For those of you unfamiliar, StoryCorps is an oral history project that has recorded the conversations of over 35,000 people in the last 5 years from all over America. This July 17th to August 23rd, StoryCorps will park their van outside the Central Library in downtown Buffalo, and they invite you to participate.
Each conversation recorded is preserved at the Library of Congress, while those participating are given a CD to walk away with. Stories vary in subject matter, but all are the result of one citizen interviewing another about a memorable piece of their history. While some of these recordings are quaint or humorous in nature, some are incredibly stirring, giving a glimpse of a past some of us could never imagine or have heard of, but not from the mouths of those involved.
According to a Ali at StoryCorps, "This is an opportunity to sit down and get to know people you care about." More than that, it's a chance to share their story with millions of daily public radio listeners as well as preserving it through the Library of Congress.
Along with the usual family member of friend interviews, Ali said, "We're looking for people who might not necessarily have access to computers or public radio." Think of that elderly person you know who might have immigrated to America, the neighborhood historian that lived through enough eras to see a sea change in their world, or your grandparents who share a great love story. While we still have grain scoopers, people who lived through the depression, slavery and all of the trials and tribulations of the last century, let StoryCorp record their memories for all time.
You can register online to visit the van, but special interviews can also be set up through EAST@storycorps.net. In addition, if you are unable to get your interviewee to the booth, StoryCops has special kits to help you record on-site.
Have a listen and plan your interview. July 17th is just around the corner.