Welcome to the new Lowcountry Africana Youth Corner, where we share resources and ideas for involving young ones in family history.
One great way to interest children in family history is to encourage them to ask family members (especially elders) about their lives, and their memories of ancestors.
The upcoming holidays are a great time for kids to learn from elders, while the family is gathered.
And StoryCorps has created the National Day of Listening, a new national holiday devoted to oral history, to help you get started!
Each year, Story Corps asks all Americans to set aside an hour on the day after Thanksgiving to interview a friend, loved one or community member about their lives, and to record the interview using recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, smartphones, tape recorders or pen and paper, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.
Want to learn more about oral history? Here is a great video series on oral history made by kids, from the Minnesota Historical Society – “How to Do Oral History.”
Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration here! To learn more about the National Day of Listening and how your family can participate, please click here!