The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national movement that empowers young people— and people of all ages—to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the free StoryCorps App.
Interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where they will serve as an invaluable resource for future historians.
Now in its eighth year, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a rapidly growing national movement to collect the voices of this country and recognize the importance of intergenerational listening. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 150,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history.
The project is a free, technology-based assignment originally developed for students aged 13 and over studying American History, Social Studies, English, Language Arts, Journalism, Drama, ESL, and Media and Technology. It has also been applied successfully as an extracurricular and community-building opportunity in classrooms, universities, OST environments, community centers, living rooms, and kitchens across the country.
This toolkit, and our website at thegreatlisten.org, contains everything you need to get started.
We look forward to making history with you!