Preserving Our History Through Storytelling

Preserving Our History Through Storytelling

Richard Pecorella and Karen Juday were engaged to be married. In this animated oral history, Richard recalls his love for Karen, who was killed on 9/11.

For more than a decade, StoryCorps and the 9/11 Memorial Museum have worked together on the September 11th Initiative, which aims to record one oral history to honor each life lost in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 26, 1993. The award-winning series preserves the stories of survivors, rescue workers, witnesses and others through audio recordings, some of which are made into animations. In 2012, StoryCorps received a Peabody Award for its work commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and shared an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award with NPR and POV for the series StoryCorps 9/11.

Preserving and sharing stories to build connections between people to, teaching the value of listening and understanding, StoryCorps creates an invaluable archive for future generations to remember and reflect on Sept. 11. Tonight, we welcome StoryCorps founder Dave Isay to the 9/11 Museum Talk to reflect on the project and the importance of storytelling as a tradition. Watch with us live at www.911memorial.org/live.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff