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StoryCorps is the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Now in its 15th anniversary year, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour has facilitated thousands of meaningful conversations between people who know and care about one another. For the first time, to respond to the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic — while working towards its mission to help people feel more connected and less alone — StoryCorps launched a Virtual Mobile Tour offering the opportunity for Montana residents to participate online.

What's it like growing up on a rural Montana farm? What is like to come out to your family as a gay man? What's it like to come to America as a refugee? What's it like to adopt a daughter during a pandemic?

Listen to the voices of Montanans, facilitators and coordinators of the StoryCorps Montana tour.

This excerpt is from the StoryCorps Montana Virtual Tour. It was recorded in June of 2020.

Joshua Slotnik asks his friend Philip Burgess about his experience growing up on a farm in rural Montana. Philip talks about joining the military during the Vietnam War in pursuit of freedom.

This excerpt is from the StoryCorps Montana Virtual Tour. It was recorded in June of 2020.

Spouses Samuel Keith Harworth and Valerie Joyce Kurth talk about meeting each other and moving to Helena, Montana together. They share thoughts and memories so far of experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic together, and talk about where they currently are in the process of adopting their daughter, Weiwei, from China.

This excerpt is from the StoryCorps Montana Virtual Tour. It was recorded in June of 2020. 

Sarah McMillan and her mother, Hannah Vinje center their conversation around the concept of home as they explore the different places they have lived as a family, ways they have both fought for conservation of the environment, and how they have cultivated home in their physical and mental spaces.

Graphic reading 'what's yours story'

Montana Public Radio will host StoryCorps for 4 weeks to record the stories of local residents and preserve them in the Library of Congress

As of June 10, all the slots have been filled, but you can still get on the waiting list in case of cancellations.

There are also two self-serve options available to participate in. Neither are facilitated but the recordings can still end up at the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The StoryCorps App it is available for free on your phone and is a perfect way to record if the people being interviewed are in the same location. StoryCorps Connect uses the same virtual platform as StoryCorps, and allows people to interview each other from different locations via the internet.

This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. You can join in too. Connect with someone you love at Thanksgiving. Sign up for The Great Listen, StoryCorps' national recording project.

Photo credit: Courtesy of StoryCorps

StoryCorps has established the day after Thanksgiving as the National Day of Listening. A day on which they encourage us all to record and share the story of a friend or loved one. You can hear other stories and share your own recording and photo at StoryCorps' Wall of Listening.