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Our new Youth Corner blog is where we will share resources and ideas for inspiring young ones to learn, share and preserve family history. We hope you'll find some great resources here.

Know of resources we should share here? We'd love to hear from you via our Contact form!

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Teachers: How Your Students Can Celebrate the National Day of Listening

What is the National Day of Listening?

Friday, November 29, 2013 is the sixth annual National Day of Listening.

Each year, Story Corps asks all Americans to set aside an hour on the day after Thanksgiving to interview a friend, loved one or community member about their lives, and to record the interview using recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, smartphones, tape recorders or pen and paper, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.

Ideas for Bringing the National Day of Listening Into Your Classroom

The National Day of Listening is a great time for students to learn more about their family history. Here are a few ideas for activities:

  • Use StoryCorps' Do It Yourself Guide for a class discussion of great interview questions. Students can then interview a family member and share what they learned in class.


  • Kids can draw a picture of who they will interview and send it to us. We'll share it right here in the Youth Corner and on our Lowcountry Wall of Listening on Facebook!


  • Younger children can work with parents to build a photo family tree, then share their tree in class
  • More Resources

    Here is a helpful lesson plan unit called "Listening to History," from our friends at EDSITEment. Students will learn about oral history and listen to selected interviews from the site History Matters.

    Here is another great oral history unit from Rochester Oral History Archive.

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    Welcome to the New Lowcountry Africana Youth Corner!

    Welcome to the new Lowcountry Africana Youth Corner, where we share resources and ideas for involving young ones in family history. One great way to interest children in family history is to encourage them to ask family members (especially elders) about their lives, and their memories of ancestors.

    The upcoming holidays are a great time for kids to learn from elders, while the family is gathered.

    And StoryCorps has created the National Day of Listening, a new national holiday devoted to oral history, to help you get started!

    Each year, Story Corps asks all Americans to set aside an hour on the day after Thanksgiving to interview a friend, loved one or community member about their lives, and to record the interview using recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, smartphones, tape recorders or pen and paper, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.

    Want to learn more about oral history? Here is a great video series on oral history made by kids, from the Minnesota Historical Society - "How to Do Oral History."

    Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration here! To learn more about the National Day of Listening and how your family can participate, please click here!

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    Today's Video: Getting Started on Your Oral History Project

    Today we feature part 2 of a great series on oral history, produced by the Minnesota Historical Society.

    "Getting Started on Your Oral History Project" will help you learn about the oral history process, determine the purpose of your project, establish who you will interview, do general research and become familiar with your equipment.

    Hope you enjoy and find the video helpful!