Recently I came across StoryCorps which I found not only to be interesting but very touching as well. StoryCorps is a public service that was created to provide Americans the opportunity from all walks of life to share the stories of their lives.
Americans from all backgrounds will be able to share, record and reserve their stories is the mission behind StoryCorps. What a wonderful idea they've had. They are doing this to try to strengthen a sense of humanity and build connections between people. They are trying to let Americans know that every life matters and that we all have a story to tell. What better way then to preserve it forever for others to appreciate it.
StoryCorps enable us to not only hear peoples amazing stories but to appreciate the magnitude some of these stories actually have. You can reserve childhood memories in a story. You can have a lasting account of a grandparent or parents childhood memory. What could be nicer then to look back on their experiences long after they've left this life?
The founder of this service is Dave Isay and he states “By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive.” StoryCorps hears stories of everyday people, those are the most interesting. Imagine hearing a story from someone's grandmother that succeeded in World War II or an account of a person's actual experience that was in New York City on September 11th. It is such a touching way to bring people together and have video account of their “story” if you will. The stories are about everyday families that live their lives with dedication and kindness.
StoryCorps give inspiration and lets people know that they matter and will not be forgotten.
I only wish I had known about this service before my Dad passed away. I would have loved for my children to hear my dad talk about his life growing up; speak about the business thatave him great joy and of course me.
There is something to be said to have a recording of a loved ones voice forever and ever and to have them talk about their “story” is a priceless gift that would be appreciated for sure. I could hear my Dad now telling all about the time I was too head strong to pick up the cheerios I had dropped on the floor at three years old!
How the StoryCorps process takes place is that you find a location currently they are in NYC, San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. You can call 800-850-4406 to make a reservation. You sit down in their soundproof recording studio with a trained professional that will make you feel comfortable and then you proceed with your “story”. I will be sure to make an appointment this up coming fall in New York City.
My personal favorite, is the “Danny and Annie” story. You can find it below by clicking on the link!