Juniors Spend Thanksgiving Conducting Interviews for StoryCorps

Upper school English teacher Nicki Reese challenged her eleventh-grade students to do more than just eat their fair share of turkey during the Thanksgiving break. Students were asked participate in the Great Thanksgiving Listen. The objective? Interview an elder family member about his or her life experiences and personal history.

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. These interviews are then added to StoryCorps archive of more than 75,000 interviews.

Clare Harbin ’19 decided to interview her mom about growing up in Atlanta during the 1960s. “I thought the StoryCorps interview project was really cool. I was able to use journalism skills and had an opportunity to interview my mama about such a pivotal part of America's history.”

International student Jack Lyu ’19 interviewed his host parent Donnie Pittman about his time in high school and eventually marrying his now wife. You can listen to that interview here.

Interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated.

You, too, can archive incredible, historical stories. Learn more about how you can participate here.