Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Share a life story

Here's a unique opportunity to have your life experiences recorded for history.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit project whose mission is "to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening." It's oral histories on a grand scale; almost 30,000 people have contributed stories with their families and friends. Conversations are recorded on a free CD and archived at the Library of Congress.

The organization's mobile recording booths will be at the main branch of the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County public library for three weeks, starting Feb. 7. I've heard commercials for StoryCorps on WFAE, the local National Public Radio station. From what I can tell, you sit in the recording booth and interview each other, or just tell stories. One of the commercials features a 10-year-old girl interviewing her mom. Very cool.

StoryCorps sounds like a great opportunity to share something unique with those you love. The fact it's saved for generations to come makes it extra special. No matter how boring we may think our lives are, we've all got a story to share.

Reservations for the second half of the StoryCorps visit will open at 10 a.m. Feb. 8. Click to learn more about the project.

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