September 24, 2011

Free trip to World War II National Memorial in Washington

Pittsburgh area veterans at the National WW II Memorial
during the last bus trip in May 2011.  The Social Voice Project was on hand
to photograph the event and record veterans' stories. 
Pittsburgh area veterans of World War II are invited on a free trip to the World War II National Memorial in Washington, D.C., which departs from locations in Ross, Monroeville, Green Tree and Beaver.

The day trip will take place on October 4, from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Boxed lunches, dinners, and beverages will be provided. Wheelchairs are available if requested in advance.

If you would like to help send a veteran to D.C., donations are welcome. Send checks to: Kingsway Engineering, 1331 State Ave., Coraopolis. Make checks payable to: WWII Memorial Vets Trip.

For additional information, call 724-709-3614.

September 17, 2011

Create Your Life Story Webcast

TSVP Featured in Australian Webcast

Q & A -- Equipment, Linking Images & Engagement Techniques

Ian Kath--host of the internationally popular podcast show, Your Life story and creator of the website, Create Your Life Story--hosted CYLS's first webcast today from Australia.

Ian took on several topics and questions from oral historians, audio recordists, and life story enthusiasts, such as audio equipment, ethics, empathy, veteran interviewing, and the dynamics of conversations. 

Take a listen as Ian recognizes The Social Voice Project (21:24 min).

September 16, 2011

Sara and George

TSVP Life Stories: Sara Eiler by TheSocialVoiceProject

Sara and George Eiler

Sara and George were married for almost thirty-eight years.  In fact, it was one month shy of that.  They took a series of trolly cars from Pennsylvania to West Virginia--as far as the line went--to get married, only to return home again that same day.  It was 1935, the height of the Great Depression, and Sara married for love; no one had any money in those days. 

Listen to this brief audio life story, which was recorded in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania during October 2010.  Sara turns 95 this year.

Sara, age 94

September 14, 2011

Kids Stay Free

How Holiday Inn started its Kids Stay Free Policy

Holiday Inn is proud to sponsor StoryCorps® the national nonprofit organization that provides Americans the opportunity to record, share and preserve their stories. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Holiday Inn tapped some of our favorite guests to share their personal travel stories. Through StoryCorps, the recordings will be archived at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress - forever becoming part of American history. 
C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr. tells his son McLean Wilson about how his father Kemmons Wilson, Sr., came up with the idea for Holiday Inn.

Edited by StoryCorps         

September 13, 2011

Make Your Life Story More Than the Sum of the Parts

New from Create Your Life Story

Episode 59 : Smash and Mash Your Life Story

Featuring the audio remarks of Kevin Farkas, Director of The Social Voice Project

by Ian Kath on Tuesday, 13 September, 2011


 Once you start digging into it, your life can seem like an archaeological expedition. There are just so many things that you can start to bring to the surface to help remind you of your life story. Just some of them are:
  • Photos.
  • Documents.
  • Journals & diaries.
  • Films & videos.
  • Audio recordings.
  • Bric-a-brac and souvenirs.

Dragging out all these things as reminders and prompts of your Life Story are fine but what is there amongst these things that you can use as part of your story, in ways that maybe you’ve never considered? In amongst all the ‘things’, in your life there are the components that make them up, that can be used for various other applications.

Nowadays you have the ability to break apart, then mash back together, in different forms, all the components of these things in your life to make something different, more engaging and entertaining in ways to tell the stories that wasn’t possible even just a few years ago.

To see the entire article and other informative postings and podcasts about Life Stories, please visit Create Your Life Story.

September 12, 2011

Create Your Life Story Free WebCast

Everyone Has an Amazing Story!

How often have you heard or thought yourself, “I wish I had have recorded my relatives, but now it’s now too late.”

Ian Kath, founder of Create Your Life Story, will show you how to record, edit and publish a Life Story.

Create Your Life Story has a continuing program of posts, podcasts and video to assist you with new information, techniques and skills to help you to produce your own Life Story.

Questions, Answers and Topics Discussed on Live WebCast

September 17, 2011 | 5pm (US eastern time)

Just visit the webcast at this time.

This is a 100% free event!

Live Life Story Show on Ustream

Too often we just wonder about things and never consider specific topics. This is the reason to get together to discuss the many burning questions that people have and also talk about things that maybe haven’t been brought up to date.

In the latest podcast episode, Storyboard to See Your Whole Life Story, I mentioned that we’ll be having our first opportunity to get together live, to answer questions and discuss aspects of creating a Life Story.
Come to the live Create Your Life Story show

September 10, 2011

TSVP Recognizes National Grandparents Day

TSVP Life Stories: Hazel Eiler-Farkas (Watch What You Wish For) by TheSocialVoiceProject

Louis Farkas-Berger with his grandparents
National Grandparents Day
September 11, 2011

What would you give to hear your grandmother's voice again?

President Jimmy Carter declared Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978 so that we may reflect upon the impact grandparents have on our lives — and on society.  

The Social Voice Project honors grandparents today--and everyday--by encouraging all grandchildren to talk with their grandparents and to record their life stories . . . before it is too late.   

If you would like to record a life story and leave a legacy for future generations, but you just don't know where to begin, we can help.

Contact The Social Voice Project today to preserve your family's life stories.  

September 9, 2011

New From StoryCorps: Father Michael Duffy

 There's a form we fill out and it's called 'On My Death.'”

Father Michael Duffy received two unsettling phone calls following the 9/11 attacks. The first informed him that his close friend and mentor, Father Mychal Judge, had been killed at the World Trade Center. During the second call, he learned Mychal Judge had requested that Duffy give the homily at his funeral.

The two Franciscan priests met in the 1970s, when they were assigned to the same parish in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Father Duffy eventually settled in Philadelphia to work with poor communities there, while Father Judge found his way back to his native New York where he ministered to everyone from the homeless to the mayor.

On September 11th, Father Judge was serving as chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. That morning he found himself where he always seemed to end up — right in the thick of things. He arrived at the World Trade Center shortly after the first plane hit.

When Father Duffy sat down for StoryCorps, he remembered his friend’s funeral on September 15, 2001.


September 7, 2011

For Kim

TSVP Life Stories: For Kim by TheSocialVoiceProject

Nearly 1 million people worldwide commit suicide each year, with anywhere from 10 million to 20 million suicide attempts annually. About 30,000 people reportedly kill themselves each year in the United States. The true number of suicides is likely higher because some deaths that were thought to be an accident, like a single-car accident, overdose, or shooting, are not recognized as being a suicide.

While suicide is not universally preventable, it is possible to recognize some warning signs and symptoms that may enable you or your loved ones to access treatment before a suicide attempt. It has been estimated that up to 75% of suicide victims display some warning signs or symptoms.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

September 6, 2011

Oral History shows the professional methods to a Life Story

New from Create Your Life Story

Episode 58 : Oral History View of Life Stories
by Ian on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 


Oral Historian Helen Klaebe
Assoc. Prof. Helen Klaebe
Creating your own personal family history, Life Story will utilise some the methods of various different techniques of human communication. In the past we talked about the skills of Storytelling and how to get across the story with the emotional impact that we want. The other discipline that is most relevant and balances storytelling is Oral History.

Oral history is…
…study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews, …with people who participated in or observed past events and whose memories and perceptions of these are to be preserved as an aural record.
To see the entire article and other informative postings and podcasts about lifes stories, please visit Create Your Life Story.

September 2, 2011

New from StoryCorps: Robert Stover and His Daughter Valerie Anderson

interview photo
“When I would get to a new town, everybody had to see who could whip the new boy.”

Robert Stover tells his daughter, Valerie Anderson about growing up in the 1930's.  Recorded in Howard, PA.