Do You Hear What I Hear?
December 20, 2016
I hear oral histories! What is an oral history? Simply the recording of a part of a person’s life. A single story about something that happened—the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met. Or the story of Dad serving in the Gulf Wars. Or what life was like growing up in the 1950s. Or the story of working as a cab driver for 30 years. You get the idea! Any part of a person’s life that was important and should be saved for future generations to hear.
Recording oral histories has never been easier at the Midwest Genealogy Center using Tell Me A Story oral history kits. MGC had created four oral history kits that were available for checkout to record those family stories in the privacy of your own home (or with Granny in the nursing home!). Those four kits were constantly checked out, and customers had to wait to get one.
Mid-Continent Public Library and MGC recognized the demand, and this fall MGC received a very generous grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. MGC now has FORTY-TWO kits available for checkout! Everything you need is in the kit—digital recorder, suggested questions, and hints on doing the recording. To take one of these kits home, go to MCPL’s catalog, and place a hold. You can have a kit sent to any MCPL branch.
Take advantage of the holiday get-togethers to record interesting family stories. You can download those recordings from the audio recorder to your own computer, or you can have the speaker on the recording sign the permission forms (included in the kit) so we can share your story on our website. MGC will also make a CD for you, for FREE!
What stories do you have in your family that you would like to keep for future generations?
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