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NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING – Day After Thanksgiving

National Day of Listening - Day after Thanksgiving


On the day after Thanksgiving, gather your family and friends and record family history and stories for preservation.  National Day of Listening is a program created by StoryCorps.

 …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?  The National Day of Listening is the day to record these stories with family and friends.


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.


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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