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Oral history project StoryCorps visits Philadelphia, invites participation

StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Philadelphia from May 28, to June 26, as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth – an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio – will be parked at The Porch at 30th Street Station, 2901-2949 Market St., Philadelphia.

Reservations can be made now by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting There are a limited number of reservations, one per household.
Additional appointments will be made available at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

In StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, two people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the 40-minute interview process.

Participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview, and with their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

In Philadelphia, StoryCorps will partner with WHYY, which will air a selection of the local interviews and create special programs around the project. StoryCorps may also share excerpts of these stories.

Support for StoryCorps’ MobileBooth stop in Philadelphia was provided by Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.