StoryCorps is the largest oral history project in our nation’s history. The people interviewed aren’t celebrities, and the people asking the questions aren’t professionals. These are everyday folks interviewed by people they know – sons and daughters, spouses, close friends. The moments captured in this way are incredibly intimate and profound. If you are new to this project, I suggest you familiarize yourself by listening to the story of Danny & Annie, a Brooklyn couple married for 27 years when Danny was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Quiet, tender and full of grace, their story is both ordinary and remarkable. “All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps” and “Listening Is an Act of Love” are two collections of similarly compelling stories from this momentous project.
Do you know a veteran with a story to tell? StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative (an oral history project honoring post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families) is coming to the University of Missouri campus on September 11, 12 and 13, 2013. To learn more about this project and to find out how to participate, visit the MU Extension Community Arts Project website.