DEAR AGELESS – storycorps

March 12, 2006


By Linda Altoonian
Special to the Star-Telegram

StoryCorps offers gifts to the future

Dear Ageless: I love hearing my grandparents tell the stories of their lives. How can I preserve them for future generations?

— Wanting Sweet Remembrances

Dear Wanting: Preserving that kind of historical data is the mission of StoryCorps, which has conducted and archived more than 5,000 oral histories. Modeled after a 1930s program that hired unemployed writers to document oral history and folklore throughout the United States, StoryCorps is “a national project intended to instruct and inspire people to record each others’ stories in sound.”

StoryCorps is building recording studios across the country and offers two permanent locations in New York City called StoryBooths and two traveling studios called MobileBooths. A facilitator aids in question development, handles all the technical aspects of the recording, produces the CD (a digital recording with broadcast-quality equipment), and archives the 40-minute interview with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

An extraordinary value, only a $10 donation is asked. The $200 cost is underwritten by various organizations, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio (on which these interviews are broadcast), and is supported by public generosity.

Choose an interview partner (must be over 10), make a reservation online or call (800) 850-4406 (24 hours/7 days a week), develop a list of questions, and arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time to conduct the interview (or tell your own story). If you live too far from a Story or MobileBooth, visit to download a Do It Yourself Guide that lists equipment needed and outlines the complete process for conducting a StoryCorps interview, including questions, tips and an interview checklist.

Linda Altoonian writes Dear Ageless. Send questions to Dear Ageless, 1800 Longbranch Court, Arlington, TX 76012 or

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