A New Thanksgiving Tradition

The day after Thanksgiving is known for Black Friday sales and turkey leftovers. Two organizations want to add a third item to the Thanksgiving Friday schedule: oral histories. Both the Kansas African American Affairs Commission and the StoryCorps national listening projects want to help you preserve your family stories on November 29th.

kaaac_flyerA New Black Friday

The Kansas African American Affairs Commission (KAAAC) is sponsoring “A New Black Friday,” a Kansas African American oral history project November 27 – December 1, 2013. According to the KAAAC brochure:

 The A New Black Friday project is a Kansas African American oral history project developed to provide a meaningful alternative to the activity in which society engages the day after Thanksgiving holiday. While much is known about the founding of our great State, little is known about the African American contribution. Every family has “family stories” that have been passed down from generation to generation and it is through these stories that we hope to tell ours.

Click here for more information, including a brochure with step-by-step instructions.

National Day of Listening

For ten years, the StoryCorps national listening project has been preserving the stories of everyday people. On November 29, StoryCorps is sponsoring the National Day of Listening, an opportunity to record interviews with loved ones on the StoryCorps website. Watch the 1 minute, 30 second video for more information:


Click here for information on how you can participate in the National Day of Listening.

Are you a nonprofit organization for with an idea for a community oral history project? Click here for information about KHC Heritage grants.