by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

As a museum, one of our primary goals is preservation. We preserve tangible evidence of our world and our lives through artifacts, specimens, documents and photographs. But we also work to preserve the intangibles that come with our collections: the stories. That’s my favorite part, not just the “what” that identifies an object, but the “why” that tells me why it matters. That’s why I love StoryCorps.

StoryCorps, an independent non-profit, has been working since 2003 to collect the stories that people want to share. In just seven years, StoryCorps has added 30,000 oral history interviews to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The organization is involved in a variety of oral history initiatives, but anyone can share a story. You can hear StoryCorps‘ interviews on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” listen online, subscribe to their podcast, or watch animated shorts of their interviews on the StoryCorps Youtube Channel.

What stories would you want to share?

2 Responses to “StoryCorps”

  1. 1 Daryle Dickens September 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

    It would be great to have a Ft Collins version of StoryCorps. I really enjoy connecting with someone who has lived here 50+ years or so and hearing the stories they have from growing up here. Each time I do I learn how much evidence is still around from this town’s past.

    Last week we talked to a couple (and we recorded it) that remembered when the Trailhead Tavern was a movie theater and Kinkos in Old Town was a Piggly Wiggly.

    Great stuff!

  2. 2 tburton1004 September 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Daryle, we totally geek out over old Fort Collins stories, too! For anyone interested in oral histories (and other historical gems) from Fort Collins’ past, the Local History Archive here at the Museum is a great resource. Visit in person or use the excellent Fort Collins History Connection website at

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