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National Day of Listening - November 28, 2014

Updated on August 29, 2017

What will you listen to on Nov 28 that you would like to be able to play back in 5, 10 or 20 years? This is the time to record it!

The National Day of Listening on November 28, 2014, is one day set aside to remind us to listen, to record for posterity, something important to us, to our family, to interested others. This of all the Oral History programs going on today, and what they can do to make our tomorrows better.

I often write of recording and sharing Family History stories. Have you recorded the voices of your family elders telling family stories? This is the perfect time to do this. What better time, when family is together around the Christmas and New Year's family gatherings - to Listen, and record, stories of your family.

StoryCorps.org, one of the coordinators of activities of the National observance, for 2014, is recording stories of active military personnel, veterans, and their families. Is this something that you should become a part of? Give it some consideration.

The image is of my professional level audio recorder with which I have personally gathered oral history recordings for several projects. Join me this year in this effort.

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - Marantz PMD661 Portable SD Recorder

Professional Portable Field Recorder
Professional Portable Field Recorder

This is the currently available Marantz recorder that is an upgrade from the one of mine that I like so much. It is commonly used by professional reporters in their work. It is easy to use but has very high quality output that can be downloaded directly to your computer.

 

Do you have an audio recorder? - What do you use it for? Used it lately?

Do you have an audio recorder?

Three Generations of Kinnick Men
Three Generations of Kinnick Men

Who should you be listening to and recording this year?

In addition to veterans and activie military personell!

All of you who read me regular know I will say - gather family stories! Well this is one source, in the photo image of my grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather - would I love to have done interviews with each of them!

Of course, you have the opportunity, in most cases, to interview, ask questions, and record them, of your father, your grandfather, and perhaps, your great-grandfather, if you are really lucky. What will you ask? Will you let them talk, and tell you stories of their youth?

Having a few old photos, perhaps of their youth, will really get them to talking. Have you had success with this?

Kinnick Sisters
Kinnick Sisters

As Abigail Adams said, "Don't forget the women!"

She really said that to her husband, John Adams! ;-)

Wouldn't you like to interview and get the stories of these ladies. One settled a ranch in western Kansas when there were only very few people there, at all. What is comparable among your older aunts, today? Do they recall events in World War II? Do they recall rationing, working in factories while their husbands were off to war? Even Korean and Vietnam periods of history are slipping away! Did they vote regularly? Where there problems?

What was it like to raise children in the early years? Did they go to church? Did they go to college? Get that information recorded this year, on the National Day of Listening!

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - Listening Is an Act of Love - A book edited by Dave Isay from StoryCorps.org

Listening Is An Act Of Love
Listening Is An Act Of Love

This book is based on the StoryCorps.org oral history project of interviews with ordinary people - as many as 10,000 ordinary Americans have told there stories that are covered in this book.

 

Your Comments are greatly appreciated! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DeborahDian: For sure! ;-)

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      We need more days designated to listening!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @halloweenprops: Glad you stopped by. Hope you have a chance to record some oral history of your family! ;-)

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      When I saw the lens title I thought it was a day to remember why we have 2 ears and 1 mouth! It's a great idea to record stuff! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @LisaDH: Absolutely. Love it. Great memories. To share and share! ;-)

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      What a great idea! These days practically everyone shoots photos and videos with their smartphones to record "now," but sometimes it's fun to also remember "then." We did a video interview with my grandma a number of years ago and asked her all kinds of questions about how she met my grandpa, etc. It was fun for everyone!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @PlethoraReader: It was a pleasure to become involved. I need to add my several blog posts as links on my lens. Thanks for the visit, like, comment, and blessing! ;-)

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I have been a huge fan of StoryCorp for many years, thank you for helping to bring attention to this very important topic. Blessed!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DIY Mary: Good for you. Hope it works out well! ;-)

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      This is the first time I'd heard of this holiday. It has inspired me to carry around a small tape recorder to have on hand in case some family member or older friend starts telling a story that I may want to capture for posterity.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SayGuddaycom: Who really know??!! ;-)

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Do you think it's a coincidence that my wife is planning on being in China on this day? Hmmmm, I'm getting suspicious of her motives.