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.

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Dave introduces StoryCorps for the very first time to a large crowd at Grand Central Terminal.

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Dave Isay (R) passes the scissors on to Studs Terkel (L), to cut the ribbon at the StoryBooth.

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.

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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.

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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.

Blog Extra: listen to the special podcast from that day!

Zac Barr (L) and Eliza Bettinger (R) in front of one of our very first MobileBooths! They were the original advance coordinators for the mobile tour and present at the 2005 launch.

Zac Barr (L) and Eliza Bettinger (R) in front of one of our very first MobileBooths! They were the original advance coordinators for the Mobile Tour and present at the 2005 launch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayvon Bahramian (far left), one of the first class of facilitators, recorded an interview with Tim Russert (front), the late "Meet The Press" journalist, and James T. Malloy (behind Mr. Russert), retired doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 2005 Mobile launch.

Kayvon Bahramian (far left), from the first class of facilitators, recorded an interview between Tim Russert (front), the late “Meet The Press” journalist, and James T. Malloy (behind Mr. Russert), retired doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 2005 Mobile launch

Eliza Bettinger (L) with Danny Perasa (R). Danny and Annie Perasa both attended as special guests for the Mobile launch in 2005.

Eliza Bettinger (L) with Danny Perasa (R). Danny and Annie Perasa both attended as special guests for the Mobile launch in 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayvon Bahramian (L) and a young, Dave Isay (R) take a quick breather in the MobileBooth. In addition to being one of the first class of facilitators for StoryCorps, Kayvon would later become the first archive manager.

Kayvon Bahramian (L) and a young Dave Isay (R), take a quick breather in the MobileBooth.

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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  • My daughter made a post on facebook and I must admit it was the first I had heard about you. I realize that my story isn’t so far-fetched as I had once thought. Everyone has a story. I was adopted by my great-grandparents so my mother and my grandmother were both my sisters. I recently met my full brother for the first time when I was 51 years old. He performed my oldest daughter’s wedding this past June. I don’t know if you would consider this an unusual story or not but there it is albeit somewhat shortened.

    Comment from Mike Prettyman on October 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply to this Comment

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