Google+ Georgia On My Mind: StoryCorps: Recording Personal History

Monday, February 1, 2010

StoryCorps: Recording Personal History

StoryCorps is an interesting site and organization. It is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of people from across the country have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share and is also archived for generations to come at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to the award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. Select stories have also been published in the New York Times bestselling book, Listening Is an Act of Love.

Here is a link to one interview between Johnny Bradley and his daughter in which he recalls growing up in Georgia as the son of a sharecropper. Take a listen: at this link

I also conducted a little search at the StoryCorps site and found other interviews involving Georgians. My search results can be found
here and include a student interview with a school custodian, a gang member professes what it is like inside a gang, former tobacco auctioneers discuss their work, and so much more.

If you are in the Atlanta area you can participate as well.
this page provides information where you can go and have your very own StoryCorps session….make sure you read through all of the information since reservations have to be made and the slots fill up fast.

More information can be found in this ABC news story regarding StoryCorps:

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