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June 1, 2007

Opportunity to Record a StoryCorps Interview in Boston, Massachusetts

StoryCorps, in partnership with the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, invites members of Families of September 11 to make a StoryCorps recording:

June 12, 2007

Massachusetts 9/11 Fund offices

75 Kneeland Street, Sixth Fl.
Boston, MA 02111

To make a reservation or for more information, please contact Erica Cabag at the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund at 617-482-8153 or erica.cabag@massfund.org by Tuesday, June 5th. 
If you are unavailable to participate on June 12th but are interested in future opportunities, please let Erica know.

To learn more about StoryCorps and the interview process, please visit www.storycorps.net. To learn more about StoryCorps’ September 11th Initiative, visit www.storycorps.net/wtc/. Here, you can listen to excerpts of StoryCorps interviews and find question lists to help you prepare for your recording.

StoryCorps is the national oral history project that instructs and inspires people to preserve one another’s stories in sound. Through its September 11th Initiative, StoryCorps is recording:

  • the life stories of those who were lost on September 11th. Family members, friends, relatives, and coworkers are all welcome to record memories of their loved ones to memorialize and celebrate the lives they lived.
  • the stories of survivors, firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, witnesses, volunteers, and anyone closely impacted by September 11th, in order to preserve their personal experiences for history.

At the end of the interview, you receive a CD copy of your 40-minute audio recording, which you can duplicate for family and friends. With your permission, the recording also becomes part of the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress and the permanent collection of the WTC Memorial Museum. You may make as many StoryCorps recordings as you wish and this service is available free of charge.

From a StoryCorps participant in the September 11th Initiative:
I thought StoryCorps was a really great experience. I did it with my two brothers, and we were able to talk, laugh, and cry about my dad. At first we were nervous that we weren't going to be able to fill the time, but we had more than enough to talk about. People should think of it as a venue to talk about their loved one in many different ways. For example, we spoke about funny memories and stories, but we also talked about 9/11 and finding out that our dad was in the building. I also ended the session with a poem I had written about my dad. I often feel that I just want everyone to know how special and amazing my dad was, and I feel StoryCorps gave us that opportunity.