Archive for May 20th, 2009

I don’t intend this as advertisement, but I suppose that’s what it is… not so much for the book or the nonprofit project I’m about to describe,  but for the idea the project encourages. Ali heard a podcast today, thought of me and my interest in genealogy, and sent me a link to Katherine Lanpher’s interview with radio producer Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, a nonprofit project that invites people to record their own interviews. In this interview, Isay talks about Listening Is an Act of Love — a compilation of the most remarkable stories from his oral history project.

This is how the project describes itself:

By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.

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It’s such a great idea. With Ali’s message, she included the following:

Throughout the interview they play clips of some of their more famous interviews and one toward the end is INCREDIBLY sweet. I teared up. 🙂

Even if you never have the opportunity to tell your story to StoryCorps and have your interview archived in the Library of Congress, you should still record some of your memories, either orally or in writing, for future generations of your own family.

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