Niles-Maine District Library

Make History This Thanksgiving

Can you tell me a little bit about your childhood? What were you like as a child?

Whether traveling to visit distant relatives for a grand feast or hosting them at home with takeout, Thanksgiving is a prime opportunity for multiple generations of families to spend time talking together. Some of that time is sure to be spent bickering over sports, whether the food is ready, the state of the world today, each others’ personal business, and did I already ask whether the food is ready? Because we’re all ready to eat, and what do you mean we’re still waiting on three more people?

Who were your grandparents? Do you have any memories of them?

Hopefully, we will remember to set some time aside to really talk, and actually listen to each other. That’s the hope of StoryCorps, anyway. StoryCorps is an organization dedicated to collecting, sharing, and preserving ordinary people‚Äôs stories. This week, Americans are asked to participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen, a mass call to interview our loved ones, especially elders, and record their memories for future generations.

Can you tell me about a historic event that had an impact on your life? How did it make you feel?

Record family conversations using the free StoryCorps App on an Apple or Google device. The app includes questions and tips to get us started. Completed recordings can be saved privately, or shared with the world. They’ll also be archived with the Library of Congress.

Any wisdom or advice you’d like to share?

Come by the Library on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, to participate in our National Day of Listening. Visit Studio B from 1:00-3:00pm on Nov. 27 to learn more about StoryCorps, listen to some of the best stories recorded over the past 12 years, and try out the StoryCorps app. Pick up some interview and recording tips to take home, or bring your friends and family members along to interview, here.

Can you tell me one of your happiest memories? How would you like to be remembered?

 

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