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Training to ask candidates questions…

…many of us have watched as candidates slip through questions that people ask regarding their positions on many issues.  As part of the New Hampshire Primary, voters are being trained in the art of asking presidential candidates questions that they have to answer, or at least, appear uncomfortable as they dance around it.  You can learn more in our third episode, “BURD DOG U”.


When the dust settles in the Spring of 2016, many pundits feel the nominees for President will be Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.  But not without some major problems along the way.  When both campaigns rolled into New Hampshire in back-to-back days, it gave Story-Crafters a chance to assess the early organizational might and challenges.  Here is our story:


A convergence of factors, from a love of history and politics to a fascination with media and technology (and geographic proximity) has lead to an exciting Story-Crafters project: A weekly web series devoted to chronicling the 2016 New Hampshire Presidential Primary.  With more than 20 candidates and counting, there will never be a shortage of great stories to tell.  In addition, the New Hampshire Primary has a long tradition of quirky  activities, interesting people and dedicated campaign workers who make up the real New Hampshire Primary.  We hope you enjoy the series…and our first episode.

US Honors Bob Noble’s Sacrifice as WWII POW

I had the pleasure and honor to conduct an Oral History regarding Bob Noble’s experiences as a Prisoner of War in a German camp in 1945, as part of a series of interviews I did for the Veterans History Project of the US Library of Congress.

Today I was hearten to learn that the Bob’s sacrifice will be recognized this Thursday, April 9, 2015, as he was chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

Here is a 3 minute edited excerpt of Bob’s oral history of his ordeal.

Why We Love StoryCorps New App.

If you have an interest in personal history, I’m sure you are familiar with NPR’s StoryCorp radio show, dedicated to sharing and recording the oral history of people.  Earlier this week, StoryCorps announced a smart phone app designed to let people record the oral history’s of others.

Now you maybe wondering why we are blogging about a free service that, arguably, competes with the paid services Story Crafters offers?  Well there are few reasons.

First and foremost, anything that promotes the need to capture and preserve personal histories is a wonderful thing.  We would not be “walking the walk” of advocating the need for families to preserve their history with future generations, if we did not celebrate what StoryCorps is doing.

As we state as part of our values, technology can exponentially increase the ability of people to document and preserve personal histories and this app is a perfect example of this.

Secondly there are many different ways, with varying degrees of quality, people can capture personal histories.  Some write books, others preserve their history in photo albums and others, like the StoryCorp app, capture history with audio recordings.  Story Crafters, and others, capture and preserve oral history using the medium of video.

Finally, one size does not fit all.  Just like when you buy a car, different models satisfy different needs–carpooling kids around town; commuting to work, or hauling heavy things around–and so there are different tools to capture personal histories based on different needs and desires.

The bottom line is that the StoryCorp app raises the awareness for the need to record and preserve personal histories and that is a good thing.