NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING
On the day after Thanksgiving, National Day of Listening encourages you to gather your family and friends and record family history and stories for preservation. The program, created by StoryCorps, reminds us of the value our stories hold.
” …every life matters equally, every voice matters equally, every story matters equally…” David Isay, founder of StoryCorps
Have you ever wondered what Grandma’s favorite memory is, or how your father got that scar on his brow? What’s the story behind a friend’s nickname? Recording stories and sharing them gives breath to them. When we’re gathered with family and friends, we often reminisce. And while not all memories are pleasant, they hold a power over us that need to be released. Telling them and sharing them lets our friends and families learn some of the lessons, some of our culture and heritage.
We’re made of many experiences and the experiences of those who’ve gone before us. Spend the day listening to their stories. Record them. Share them. Interview someone close to you or someone new to you. Let them become an indelible part of your life.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfListening
Interview a friend or family member and record the interview.
StoryCorps provides a DIY guide as well as lists of Great Questions based on who is being interviewed.
There is no format requirement in which the interviews are recorded on National Day of Listening. Whether you record them onto digital devices, a tape recorder, or pen and paper, the important part is to record the story for future generations. If you do record in a digital format, you can also upload the recording to StoryCorps’ Wall of Listening or use #NationalDayofListening to post on social media.
National Day Calendar® Classroom followers, join the project! Visit the classroom for ideas to engage your students on #NationalDayofListening.
NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING HISTORY
In 2008, the non-profit organization, StoryCorps, launched the National Day of Listening as a way to encourage families to set aside the day after Thanksgiving as a time to share and record the history of their family, friends and community.
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