MCPL is sponsoring NPR’s StoryCorps MobileBooth, which will record interviews in Kansas City from September 9—October 2, 2010. These stories are being sent to the Library of Congress and will eventually be available online. To learn about recording your own story, a Recording Oral Histories workshop will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 1:30 p.m . The speaker, Mark Meisenheimer, is a professional producer of recorded family histories and will teach participants techniques for taping their own oral history.
Ready for check out—everything you need in a kit to record your family stories. These kits are an extension of the "Tell Me A Story" oral history recordings available free of charge at the Midwest Genealogy Center. This kit includes a digital recorder and instructions. Our staff will burn your recording to a CD. With your permission, we will also add those stories to our oral history digital collection.
Does anyone watch NCIS? November 5th’s show was about Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his dad. He and his dad have a strained relationship at times, like a lot of us. In this show, Gibbs’s dad needs to go see a dying buddy from the war. He wants his son to take him. Of course, Gibbs was busy on a case, but he reluctantly took some time. Gibbs had heard the war story many times in the past from his father. But did he really listen to all the details?
During this time of the year, we start thinking about traditions: cookies Grandma made or finding the perfect tree with Dad. One of my favorite Christmases was actually one that wasn’t at all like the rest. The year was 2001. My family lived in Caracas, Venezuela at the time. It was at the beginning of the "Bolivarian Revolution," and things were tense between the government and opposing factions.
During November, we take time to salute our veterans. My father, Thomas, was a United States Marine during the Korean War era. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines, and during the time he was in basic training, the cease fire agreement was signed. Thankfully my father never saw combat, but he did spend 14 months in Korea as part of a peace keeping force. However, his older brother, Jack, who was serving in the Navy was part of combat missions in Korea.