StoryCorps.org

If you have an appreciation for oral histories and understand there is a solid foundation behind the concept of preserving individual histories you’ll enjoy StoryCorps.org.  This is a website founded on the idea that all people deserve the opportunity to record and share their stories with others.

Here’s a little more background, pulled from the website:

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.  Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants.  Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. . .” (storycorps.org/about)

The site has a pull-down menu that allows you to search for stories in specific categories like Romance, Hurricane Katrina, and Friendship.  A select few stories have also been produced as animated shorts.  Play around with it – maybe you’ll feel inclined to share a story of your own.

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