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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.
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:
to find people to interview (and make that cold call).
tips for oral history interviewing
questions for interviewing relatives
More resources from ShopFamilyTree.com:
Your Family Memoir FTU Independent Study Course download
2008 Family Tree Magazine digital issue with our guide to get reticent interview subjects
download article on kin and acquaintances to add to your family history interview