StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will partner with Iowa Public Radio to record interviews in Des Moines from August 3 through September 1, 2017 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.
StoryCorps events in Iowa:
Thursday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m. - Join us in Cowles Commons for Opening Day at the MobileBooth!
Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. - StoryCorps Listening Party at the State Historical Museum of Iowa
Both events are free and open to the public.
The StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be installed in Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines. The first round of Iowa reservations were booked within 27 minutes of opening! The next round of appointments will be released at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 4, and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org.
In StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, two people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. At the end of the session, participants walk away with a CD, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come. Someday your great-great-great-grandchildren will be able to meet your grandfather, your mother, your best friend, or whomever it is you chose to honor with a StoryCorps interview.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world…to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, StoryCorps is creating an invaluable archive for future generations.