This will be the fourth annual National Day of Listening. Americans are encouraged to observe it by spending an hour on the day after Thanksgiving interviewing a friend, loved one or community member about their lives.
Lowcountry Africana will participate by recording interviews with residents in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These areas are home to many descendants of enslaved Africans of the Gullah-Geechee culture. The slaves’ rice-growing skills were vital to the massive rice plantations of the Colonial and Antebellum Lowcountry.
Visit Lowcountry Africana’s National Day of Listening web pages, with suggestions for how to participate and instructional videos.
StoryCorps, an organization that provides people of all backgrounds with opportunities to preserve thier life stories, has a free online Do-It-Yourself interview guide.
You’ll also find guidance for participating in the National Day of Listening in these free FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles:
- How to find people to interview (and make that cold call).
- 13 tips for oral history interviewing
- 20 questions for interviewing relatives
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