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Event Focuses on Preserving Oral Histories

By Alabama Public Radio

Tuscaloosa AL – The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year. It's a time when people reconnect with families and friends ... great timing for a national oral history project is being held. Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports ...

The National Day of Listening is held the day after Thanksgiving, because it's a time of year when families and friends come together ... and when people get together, great stories are told. Spokesperson Sacha Evans says The Day seeks to encourage people to preserve those stories, and the voices that tell them.

EVANS-A lot of people say they wish they'd recorded their grandparents accents ... if they would have had it on tape. I think there's something about the voice being a window to people's personality and to who they are.

The National Day of Listening asks people to spend one hour tomorrow (Friday 11/27/09) talking to and recording the memories of a loved one, even if it's just with a pen and paper. The effort is sponsored by StoryCorps ... an oral history project that delivers stories from around America to APR listeners every Friday morning.

... Find an instruction guide for this event online at

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