Once again the holiday season is upon us, a time to gather with family and friends and gorge ourselves on way too much food and drink. But wait, there’s more! Thanks to a reminder from Dan Curtis, personal historian, it is also the National Day of Listening, so-designated by StoryCorps:
The National Day of Listening is November 27, 2009.
On the day after Thanksgiving, set aside one hour to record a conversation with someone important to you. You can interview anyone you choose: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood.
You can preserve the interview using recording equipment readily available in most homes, such as cell phones, tape recorders, computers, or even pen and paper. Our free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide is easy to use and will prepare you and your interview partner to record a memorable conversation, no matter which recording method you choose.
Make a yearly tradition of listening to and preserving a loved one’s story. The stories you collect will become treasured keepsakes that grow more valuable with each passing generation.
So maybe you have to do the day before if the relatives are only in town for the day? That’s ok, too. This could be your golden opportunity to record some of those precious stories that get told around the table when everyone starts reminiscing about “what life was like when I was a kid,” which nobody normally pays any attention to. They’re usually loaded with nuggets that if aren’t written down soon could be lost for good.
Head on over to StoryCorps’ Do-It-Yourself-Guide for lots of hints and tips and advice on how to get started. Carpe diem, and all that!