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    Join in The National Day of Listening

    Today is the National Day of Listening.

    Launched by Story Corps, a national nonprofit organization modeled after the Federal Writers' Project of theWorks Progress Administration of the 1930s, in 2008, the National Day of Listening is oral history at the grassroots level.

    StoryCorps in K.C courtesy of Hey Paul Studios under Creative CommonsStoryCorps describes the day as, “a day to honor a loved one through listening. It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. This year, StoryCorps has chosen to feature the stories of veterans, active duty military, and their families.”

    We encourage you to participate. (See our recent blog post A Veterans Day Goal – Preserve Your Veterans Story.)

    Since its inception in 2003, StoryCorps reports that it “has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind…”

    The goal of the project is “this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.”

    StoryCorps provides a Do It Yourself Instruction Guide and Tips for a Quality Recording .

    If you are interested in some more in depth advice on oral history interviewing check out the Tips for Interviewing on the website of the Regional Oral History Project at Bancroft Library, at the University of California Berkeley.

    (Thanks to Bill Smith at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories for his post on the National day of Listening.)

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    Reader Comments (4)

    I appreciate the mention, Biff! Thanks. The Day of Listening is a neat recognition - I hope many do participate! ;-)

    Nov 23, 2012 at 1:28PM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Bill (William L.) Smith

    Thanks, Dr. Bill.

    Nov 23, 2012 at 1:31PM | Registered CommenterNan Barnes

    We would like to advocate for an ENTIRE WEEK of National Listening, seriously.. This has gotten good coverage, but it is really overlooked with all the Thanksgiving shopping stories. Let's rally to get more folks involved!
    Please take a look at the our Peace Campaign, Story Corps helped inspire! It is important to 'listen to your inner spirit also - then you can better appreciate others.

    Nov 24, 2012 at 7:47PM | Unregistered CommenterHumanisticSpirituality

    I agree. Listening to each other deserves much more than a day. Thanks for visiting our site. I enjoyed my visit to yours.
    Biff Barnes

    Nov 24, 2012 at 11:44PM | Registered CommenterNan Barnes

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