STEP 1: Make a reservation
Think of a person whose stories you would like to hear, or someone who might like to ask about yours, like a grandparent, sibling, or friend. Then find the location nearest you and reserve an appointment online or by phone.
STEP 2: Prepare for your session
STEP 3: Record your story
Bring your friend or loved one to the StoryCorps recording facility. Our trained staff will explain the process, make you feel comfortable, and sit with you during your 40-minute session. At the end of your session, you’ll receive a free broadcast-quality CD to share with to family and friends, and a second copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
More ways to record your story
Download our free and easy to use Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide and learn how to record interviews and start your own family archive at home.
Organizations and institutions can sponsor on-site recordings at the location of their choice through our Door-to-Door Service.