StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others’ stories in sound.
A StoryBooth is a small recording booth where you can interview (or be interviewed by) your friends and loved ones. It’s raw. It’s honest. It’s good, clean wholesome fun.
It was an idea conceived of soon after the events of September 11th by Dave Isay as a way to give a voice to the “uncelebrated” people — average everyday people like you & me who’ve got something to say.
“At the opening, the oral historian (and our hero) Studs Terkel gave StoryCorps (MP3, 3:52 min.). We love it because it captures the heart of StoryCorps. We hope you’ll give it a listen.”
The first StoryBooth was placed inside New York City’s Grand Central Station, in October 2003. The most recent one was placed at the World Trade Center site in 2005. They also have other MobileBooths which travel the country, to enable people to tell their story from their own hometown.
StoryBooths are open to the general public. You can make a reservation by phoning 800-850-4406 — they’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For a suggested $10 donation, you will recieve your personal story on CD. (FYI: each StoryBooth session costs more than $150 to make! They rely on support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors to keep StoryCorps accessible to all.)
A Time Capsule Of Individual Experiences
This is serious stuff.
It was started as a means of preserving history… an audio history of the lives of everyday people in America. All audio is being preserved and archived by the Library of Congress!
Think of it as a time capsule for future generations to enjoy, while at the same time being able to relive your experience through your vivid description of the events as they happened.
For the record, they’re also working on video recordings of people’s stories…
Tell Your Story Today!
I see this as a FUN way to tell your story about…
…”getting tickets to see David Letterman”
…or “the unique way you announced the birth of your baby”
…or “your first time skydiving”
…or “the time you dodged a shark while swimming in the ocean”
…or “your experience adopting a child from another country”
…or “the time you were on a TV game show”
…or “the time you got backstage passes to a Rolling Stones concert”
…you get the idea.
The possibilities are endless.
Have FUN with it!
…or, do it yourself!