Story Corps in town recording, preserving residents' stories

That's what Story Corps is doing.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Imagine being able to archive your legacy, whatever you think it is, and file it away for future generations of your family to hear.

That's what Story Corps is doing.

Story Corps is a non-profit group working with National Public Radio to preserve and share stories of people from different backgrounds. The group was in Corpus Christi Thursday on their first-ever Texas visit.

"What's your favorite memory of me? Or when in your life did you feel most alone?" Story Corps Site Manager Morgan Feigal-Stickles said. "It's also an opportunity for people and communities to preserve their own stories and their own words."

They're stories about individuals across the U.S. who may not be in history books but have a story worth telling.

"We want to provide people that opportunity to record their story," Feigal said.

In their 14 years of operation, Story Corps has recorded nearly 70,000 conversations between friends or loved ones, some of them made into videos and the rest archived at the U.S. Library of Congress.

"It's amazing, and I mean, yeah, what we do mostly is the hearing part of it," Feigal said.

Feigal got involved with Story Corps after his dad fought cancer for four years. Unfortunately he lost the battle, but his memories live on.

"During that time, I tried to figure out ways of preserving his story and so I had done some similar things with him before even finding out about Story Corps," Feigal said.

After joining the organization, Feigal recorded a conversation with his 94-year-old grandmother. A year later she passed away, and he went to Washington D.C.

"So I sat there in that grand building and I heard Marmie's voice and realized that's going to be preserved there for hundreds of years," Feigal said.

For five weeks, the Story Corps trailer will be at KEDT waiting for South Texans to have a conversation.

"Truthfully, they're the stories of people that touch our lives more than the politicians and the superstar athletes that we see on the news all the time," KEDT President Don Dunlap said.

Regardless of the stories that come out during the 40-minute conversation, they're all worth telling. Like Maya Angelou said, "There's no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

Story Corps will remain in Corpus Christi until mid-December. If you would like to leave behind a piece of your own legacy, you can book your spot online. Just click here!

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