Thanksgiving is around the proverbial corner, and this holiday is typically a wonderful opportunity for friends and families to reconnect. People being together offers a perfect time for stories to be passed around the holiday table along with helpings of stuffing and mashed potatoes. The potential for these stories to be handed and passed from generation to generation is at a peak while everyone is together. What better way to collect, share, and save these stories from potentially being forgotten than by recording, archiving, and transcribing them for posterity?
We believe that StoryCorps’s The National Day of Listening is the perfect excuse to talk, listen, record, and transcribe.
We live in a special time when we’re not just able to orally pass stories down the line, but we’re also able ensure their archival longevity through the recording and transcribing of these personal and oral histories.
Take the time to find a quiet space, and set up your digital recorder. Test the device to make sure you are recording properly. Then, hit the record button and listen to and record the story. It’s that simple, and it will be a gift to read and listen to for generations. This year, StoryCorps suggests honoring a veteran, and offers suggested conversation starters right on their website.
Don’t lose out on your family history and question yourself after it is too late. We speak from our own missed opportunities.
Wishing you a peaceful Thanksgiving, and the opportunity to listen to, record and transcribe a new story never heard before.
In full disclosure, the Audio Transcription Center has partnered with StoryCorps on transcription of their audio recordings for their published books, Listening is an Act of Love, All There Is, and Mom , that we are humbled and proud to have participated in.