We all have a story to tell. StoryCorps wants to hear and archive them for the future. StoryCorps is a non-profit organization that has been recording tales of life-changing moments. They are cataloged at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. The intimate moments captured are often the ones not shared with those outside of our inner circle of friends and family. StoryCorps provides a window into such moments. Sharing these stories with others and preserving them for future generations is important because they contain lessons and insights into the history of the human condition.
David Isay did a TED Talk in March 2015 about the history and importance of StoryCorps.
This Thanksgiving, StoryCorps is starting a pilot program to engage high school students. The Great Thanksgiving Listen of 2015 is an initiative to get high schools to record the life changing stories of the older generation before they are lost. The project is providing an Educator Toolkit to assist teachers in getting the word out. This would be a fantastic holiday lesson plan for the teachers in our community, as some students only see some family members during the holiday season. To better facilitate today’s tech savvy youth, StoryCorps is expanding its recording capability by offering a smartphone application which allows recording anywhere at any time. The app and more information on mobile recording can be found on the website https://storycorps.me.
We would love to share the stories of Martinsburg and the Eastern Panhandle with the world. Some of the most interesting and innovative people I have met are from this area. I plan to record my mother’s story. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and participated with the Civil Rights Movement. In a time when blacks were not welcome in hotels, they would often depend on the kindness of strangers for lodging and food. My family was one such stop on the tour, and my mother has stories of boarding black musicians like Etta James and James Brown in her home. I look forward to archiving this information for future generations before these memories are lost forever.
What stories in your family do you want to share with the world? If you have used the app or have used StoryCorps before please share your experiences and recordings.