Everyone has a story to tell, and you can record yours for posterity beginning on Valentine’s Day in Phoenix.
StoryCorps, the traveling nonprofit oral history project, will park its Airstream trailer-turned-recording-booth Feb. 14 through March 8 at Phoenix Art Museum.
Reservations for the experience are open now, and they’re free.
In most cases, one person interviews a friend or family member, asking about their proudest moment, the greatest lesson they’ve learned or what life was like at a particular time — from falling in love and going out on a limb for an offbeat career to surviving violence or illness and standing up for one’s beliefs. Some duos remember a loved one who has passed away.
They get a take-home CD of the conversation, and each conversation is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants, according to its website.
Millions listen to select conversations on public radio stations around the country, including the Valley’s own 91.5 FM KJZZ.
For tips on how to prepare and ideas for great questions, visit StoryCorps.org.
DETAILS >> Stories will be recorded Feb. 14 through March 8 at the StoryCorps MobileBooth at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Sessions are free, but you must make an appointment ahead of time by calling (800) 850-4406 or visiting StoryCorps.kjzz.org. If you cancel your appointment with less than 48 hours advance notice, you will incur a $50 cancellation fee.
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