StoryCorps is hoping to use the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to continue their mission to “archive the wisdom of humanity.” If you are unfamiliar with StoryCorps, read about them here.
They are asking you to make history by interviewing an elder and sharing it. The process is simple. As their website says:
- “Choose someone to interview.
- Pick great questions. Find a quiet place to record. Listen closely.
- When you’re finished, share your interview with the world.”
Their new, free StoryCorps app gives you all the tools you need to complete and share an interview. You just need to supply the smartphone.
This year is a pilot program for high school students, but really anybody can be part of the Great Thanksgiving Listen project (or contribute to StoryCorps anytime). Here is a free educator’s guide about the pilot program.
If you prefer not to use their app, Studio 300 has recording equipment, both for use in-house and that you can checkout to record anywhere. The Studio 300 staff is available to help you make sure your interviews go smoothly.
Here is a video we did as part of a similar Illinois Veteran’s project, helping to preserve memories for future generations.[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUlQudhTLI0%5D