Making Memories Go Down in History

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

May 31, 2005

From the big metal bus came stories of love, life and history, "I have three grandchildren and I want them to hear these stories," said Judy Michelson.

Judy Michelson and her best friend Kay Slaughter are participating in the largest oral history project ever undertaken. While a StoryCorps representative records them, both women interview each other about their past. They said having each other there for support really helped them open up.

"We really learned a lot about our earlier lives and childhood things that we hadn't talked about," said Kay Slaughter.

"Of course, we knew a lot about each other and what we wanted to talk about, it's true as Kay said there were things that brought home to me an awareness that I didn't know about her," said Michelson.

After the 40 minute session each participant receives one CD for themselves and one CD is archived for history.

"The other CD goes to the Library of Congress and it's there for your great, great, great grandchildren," said Matthew Ozug of StoryCorps.

"This is the first year of what we hope is 10 years recording thousands of interviews in cities all across the nation," said David Umansky of National Public Radio.

In fact, they are hoping 250,000 more people will join these two women and let their memories go down in history.

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