If you listen to NPR's Morning Edition, you know all about StoryCorps, which give people of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories to be added to the oral history of America.
In partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Chicago Public Media, a permanent installation, StoryCorps Chicago will be launched this spring at the Chicago Cultural Center.
StoryCorps Chicago will have its own local series airing on WBEZ 91.5, featuring stories collected through the project.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants through a MobileBooth that travels the country along with permanent installations in major American cities including: New York City, San Francisco, and Atlanta.
"The idea behind StoryCorps was in many ways born in Chicago, and we are thrilled to launch our Midwest hub at the Chicago Cultural Center," says Dave Isay, StoryCorps Founder. "StoryCorps is excited to give Chicagoland the chance to record their stories for American history, and to deliver our services to this great city for many years to come."
The way StoryCorps works is your 40-minute conversation/interview will be recorded on two CD's. One of the CD's will be given to the participant and the other retained by StoryCorps so that it can be preserved and added to their collection of oral histories at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Find out more at the City of Chicago website here.