Ten Years Ago Today…
The day has arrived! Today, October 23rd, officially marks the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps. It has been a long road of incredible people, experiences, and powerful stories. With an archive of nearly 90,000 voices going strong, we can’t help but feel a little humbled today, as we remember how it all started with one booth and one simple idea–to listen to one another.
If you have been tuning in to Morning Edition on NPR this week, you have been hearing from some of our most iconic participants, asking “Where are they now?” We may have gotten a little caught up in the spirit of it all, because we have been digging through our old photo albums and file cabinets so you could see how it all began! (A special shout out to our Recording and Archive department for their gracious help with these materials).
On October 23rd, 2003, Dave Isay and Studs Terkel cut the ribbon at our very first StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal.
We were honored to have so many people launch StoryCorps–it reflected the amazing support we receive now from all of you wonderful people out there!
Here are some of the original guestbook signatures from visitors far and wide, during our stay in Grand Central Terminal.
It took a lot of planning and insight to create the very first StoryBooth. Check out some of the initial conceptual designs of the “GCT” booth.
It didn’t end there.
StoryCorps soon grew from a stationary StoryBooth to a traveling oral history project–collecting the stories of everyday people across the country. StoryCorps’ first MobileBooth tour was launched in Washington D.C. in 2005.
Since 2003, ten years ago exactly, our ever-growing staff strives to preserve and listen to your stories. We continue to be humbled every day with how amazing and connected we all are. It truly has been an incredible ride.
From all of us here at StoryCorps, thanks for listening, thanks for sharing, and here’s to another 10 years!
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