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History Project Calls Friday a 'Day of Listening'

Thursday, 26 Nov 2009 09:51 AM

 

WASHINGTON -- Instead of rushing to stores the day after Thanksgiving, organizers of an oral history project are urging people to join the National Day of Listening.

The event began last year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The New York-based StoryCorps project led thousands in interviewing their friends and loved ones about their lives and recording the conversations with home equipment.

The interviews can be uploaded to StoryCorps' Web site. Some will be broadcast on public radio stations.

Former President George W. Bush joined in last year by sitting down for an interview with his sister, Dorothy Walker Bush Koch.

StoryCorps is one of the biggest national oral history projects. Since 2003, it has collected recordings from more than 50,000 people in all 50 states.

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