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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Personal Stories at Story Corps

Welcome to Story Corps, a Website devoted to the sharing of amazing stories from everyday people. Navigation is pretty easy here, can you see the rainbow of oranges on the right side of the page? Each shade represents a different section. The sections are: Listen, Participate, About and Español. On the left side, you'll find the featured entry, as well as, the most recent news.

To learn more about why this site exists, let's head on over to the About section. I tend to start all of my Website visits in the About section, because most of the time, you really learn why the site exists, straight from the Web author's own words. Here we learn that it is a nationwide project to record one another via sound. You can also watch a QuickTime video that explains all about the site in more detail. You'll want to check this section out for the whole scoop!

Listen: This, of course, is the heart of the site. Here you can listen to the stories that have already been shared and preserved at Story Corps. You will find excellent instructions on this section at the top of the page. Press the Play button next to any story you want to listen to and it will play right there on the page for you.

Participate: Are you chomping at the bit to find a Story Booth and record a story you want preserved? If so, you're in the right place! Here you will learn all you need to know about your options for recording, from doing it yourself to organizing an event to finding a Story Booth.

Español: Click here and you'll get the site information in Spanish instead of English.

I really enjoyed listening to the stories that people around the country had to share. It's awesome that they thought they were important enough to preserve.

Click this link to visit http://www.storycorps.net.

National Day of Listening

November 28th has been designated the National Day of Listening by StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving oral history. "This Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks you to start a new holiday tradition, set aside one hour on November 28th, to record a conversation with someone important to you. You can interview anyone you choose: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or a familiar face from the neighborhood."

Daily culture in the United States has moved strongly away from oral traditions, StoryCorps is seeking to change that. Check out their website for a guide on conducting interviews for the National Day of Listening.

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