Our Story

Our Story

October 2003

StoryCorps is born with the opening of a StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

May 2005

StoryCorps launches its two MobileBooths—traveling recording studios housed in Airstream trailers—from the Library of Congress. By mid 2008, they will have recorded stories in all lower 48 states.

July 2005

StoryCorps launches our first special initiative to honor the people affected by the events of September 11, 2001, in partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

July 2006

StoryCorps launches a special initiative to reach out to people affected by memory loss.

January 2007

We open a StoryBooth in Milwaukee. Months later, we open another StoryBooth in Nashville.

February 2007

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative launches to collect the stories of of African American families across the nation.

June 2007

StoryCorps receives a rare institutional Peabody Award.

November 2007

The first-ever StoryCorps book, Listening Is an Act of Love is released by The Penguin Press and featured at Starbucks. The book is an instant New York Times bestseller.

April 2008

Our flagship StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal closes, and the new flagship StoryBooth opens in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square.

September 2008

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative surpasses the 2,300 interviews gathered as part of the WPA slave narratives of the 1930s to become the largest collection of African American stories in history.

October 2008

StoryCorps opens a StoryBooth in San Francisco, in partnership with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and launches a special one-year initiative in Alaska. The paperback edition of Listening Is an Act of Love is released and becomes a New York Times bestseller.

November 2008

StoryCorps launches the first annual National Day of Listening on the day after Thanksgiving, inspiring tens of thousands of Americans to record and preserve conversations with loved ones during the holidays.

September 2009

StoryCorps launches StoryCorps Historias, and initiative to honor and celebrate Latino stories.

October 2009

StoryCorps opens a StoryBooth in Atlanta, in partnership with WABE.

December 2009

StoryCorps 2010-2014 Strategic Plan complete. Establishes long-term goal of touching the lives of every American family.

April 2010

StoryCorps’ second book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps is released and becomes a New York Times bestseller.

May 2010

StoryCorps’ first animated short “Q&A” premiers online and receives 600,000 views over Mother’s Day weekend. More animated stories will air on public television starting in August 2010.

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Each week, the StoryCorps podcast shares these unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry in the words of people you might not notice walking down the street.