National Day of Listening, 28 November 2008

StoryCrops.jpgAfter Maureen’s directory of articles ran in the 3 November 2008 Ancestry Weekly Journal (click here if you missed it), I received the following message from StoryCorps, a non-profit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. What a great way to kick off the holiday season!

I’m writing from StoryCorps to let you know we saw Maureen Taylor’s blog post from February 17, referenced again on November 2, mentioning StoryCorps as an inspiration for recording ancestry in audio format. It’s such a great connection: preserving family ancestry and the simple act of listening to each other.

I wanted to write to let you know about a new initiative we’re launching this year that might also appeal to your readers. StoryCorps is asking the whole country to set aside one hour on Friday, November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, to record a conversation with a friend or loved one. We’re declaring this day the National Day of Listening. We just launched a website ( with more information and tips for a Do-it-Yourself style interview as well as a video walking through an interview. Since so many Americans aren’t able to make it to a StoryCorps recording booth, we’re making it easier for everyone to share this experience in their own homes.

Again, thank you for writing about StoryCorps on your blog. Please share the idea of National Day of Listening and these Do-it-Yourself tools with your readers, family, and friends, helping us make the experience of listening as an act of love even more accessible.

Thank you again,

Kathleen McCarthy
Marketing and Communications

Join StoryCorps in the National Day of Listening
November 28, 2008

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