History is built on stories. Often, it's the stories of politicians who impact the world or scientists who impact daily life, but our personal histories are built around our own stories -the ones you tell your friends and family. Those are the kind that StoryCorps is traveling across country to gather: the stories that matter to you.
In a partnership between KERA and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the StoryCorps MobileBooth will park in Dallas for a month, collecting our stories. Since 2003, this air stream trailer has been collecting stories of Americans to archive them in the Library of Congress and air portions of them on National Public Radio. It arrives in Dallas November 20 to park outside the Information Center in the arts district through December 20.
To participate, you sign up for an interview slot with a partner. When you arrive on the day you've selected, a facilitator will help you interview each other for 40 minutes. Afterward, you'll receive a CD copy of the interview and, if you want, sign a waiver that allows a second copy to be stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Why are they doing this? "to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories." That sounds pretty cool to us.
We're guessing reservations for this will fill up quickly, so when they open to the public at 10 a.m. November 6, hang out by your telephone. You'll call the reservation line: 1800-850-4406. You can also make reservations online at storycorps.org. There's a suggested donation of at least $25 to participate, but if you can't afford that, you can still participate.