I downloaded the StoryCorps app today. It looks pretty easy to use. At first I couldn’t figure out where the questions where but then realized that when you add a new interview it automatically takes you to the list of questions. They are listed under different categories, starting with a fairly short list of “the best questions.” It is very simple to click on the questions you like to add them to your custom list. You can also make your own questions.
My Dad had is appendix removed last week so he is recovering at my sister’s house for a few weeks. I’ll be visiting him on Friday. Hopefully he will feel up to answering a few questions so I can try this app out. If not maybe I can get my Mom to talk or maybe one of my sisters.
I’ll let you know how it goes. This seems like a really great way to get family stories recorded.
Watch Dave Isay as he explains the StoryCorps experience while on the Listening Is an Act of Love book tour. From StoryCorps.org
- What was the happiest moment of your life?
- What are you most proud of?
- What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
- What is your earliest memory?
- How would you like to be remembered?
Have you every visited StoryCorps.org? It is a great site dedicated to recording everyone’s story. One of their resources is list of great questions to help uncovering someones story. You can use their Question Generator tool to help you create a list of questions to take to your StoryCorps interview. Then you can print the customized list or have it emailed to you. It takes about 15 minutes and it helps you to pick areas to cover in your interview. They also have list of questions that you can just look at and use or get inspiration from. Here are the basic areas of questions:
As we were driving home from taking Bill’s mom out to eat for her birthday it occurred to me that maybe I should start asking her some questions about her life to start a history for her. I was thinking of doing it by email. Do you have someone who you would like to interview about their life and their story?