Week 7, StoryCorps Case Study


Preserving the Soul of America, One Authentic Story at a Time

Every soul has a story to tell and sometimes the most interesting stories are told by unassuming everyday people.

This is the spirit of StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization with a mission to collect oral stories from every day Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs in an effort to preserve knowledge, wisdom, traditions and humor, and pass it on to the next generation.

To date, StoryCorps has conducted more than 70,000 interviews across America and they have created the largest single collection of human voices ever collected which are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Airstream trailers have been made into mobile recording studios where two participants record meaningful stories with one another about what they’ve learned in life and how they want to be remembered.

StoryCorps is preserving the soul of America, one authentic story at a time.  What an extraordinary opportunity to document one’s legacy through spoken word.

What makes a good story great?

I believe the human voice is the audible soul and when it speaks of truth and honesty, these words have the power to help and heal others.  This is transformative storytelling at its best.

Through the extraordinary efforts of StoryCorps, these priceless recordings about life are collected, documented and preserved to represent our collective story.  These are the stories that contain the authentic sonic threads that create a powerful web that binds us together as one human race.

So, what’s your story?


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