The StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth Is Back In Boise

May 19, 2013

StoryCorps has turned an Airstream trailer into a mobile recording studio.
Credit StoryCorps

StoryCorps has recorded and archived more than 45,000 personal stories since the oral history project launched in 2003. Now, you'll have an opportunity to add your voice.

StoryCorps has partnered with Boise State Public Radio to bring the mobile recording studio to Boise from June 10 through July 6.

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to stories from around the country on NPR's Morning Edition.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was last in Boise in 2008. That's when Jeffrey and Brenda Wilson recorded this conversation about their son Jeff.

Here's what the inside of StoryCorps' mobile recording booth looks like.
Credit StoryCorps

The recording studio on wheels, an Airstream trailer, will be parked in front of Boise's City Hall. Beginning May 24 at 10:00 a.m., you'll be able to make a reservation to record your 40 minute conversation with a loved one. Make your reservation via this online form, or call 1-800-850-4406.

Here are three easy steps from StoryCorps:

STEP 1: Make a reservation

Think of a person whose stories you would like to hear, or someone who might like to ask about yours, like a grandparent, sibling, or friend. Then reserve an appointment online or by phone.

STEP 2: Prepare for your session

Read what to expect and visit StoryCorps' great questions page.

STEP 3: Record your story

Bring your friend or loved one to the StoryCorps recording facility. Their trained staff will explain the process, make you feel comfortable, and sit with you during your 40-minute session. At the end of your session, you’ll receive a free broadcast-quality CD to share with to family and friends, and a second copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Be sure to send Boise State Public Radio photos of your experience, and tell us how it went on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the #StoryCorpsBoise.

For more information about the StoryCorps project visit StoryCorps.org, follow them on Twitter @storycorps, or find them on Facebook.