Centre County Library & Historical Museum (CCLHM), Schlow Centre Region Library, and the Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) are partnering with StoryCorps—the national non-profit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing stories of people of all backgrounds and beliefs—to launch StoryCorps Connect.
StoryCorps Connect is a new, free platform that enables anyone to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using any internet browser. The audio and a still photo from each interview are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Interviews become part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in. Specifically, the technology enables connection with friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic and, in the process, contributes to the creation of a unique first-person historical record of this unprecedented time.
CCLHM, Schlow Library, and CCHS worked together to develop the Centre County Memories community within the StoryCorps Connect platform where individual recordings by area residents can be uploaded into a unique collection of interviews.
Anyone interested in participating can create a recorded conversation in three easy steps:
Log in or create a free account at the StoryCorps Archive—This account will be used to prepare, record, save, and share your interviews. This step must be done by both interview participants and can be done on any device with internet connectivity.
Have a Conversation—Follow the prompts in StoryCorps Connect to begin recording, and let the conversation flow!
Share and Archive Your Interview—Link interviews here to any StoryCorps communities joined, like Centre Counties Memories.
StoryCorps is working with national partners, including the American Library Association, across the country to bring StoryCorps Connect to the public and to call on the country to honor stories of our elders at this momentous point in our history. While StoryCorps is a U.S.-based effort, StoryCorps Connect interviews can be conducted by anyone, anywhere in the world.
StoryCorps is an independently funded 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Learn more at storycorps.org. All interviews are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. StoryCorps is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.