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Stories from Main Street

The Stories from Main Street project encourages people to embrace their history and uncover community stories. In 2011, we began collecting stories about life in small towns and rural communities across America, gathering audio, photos, text, and videos from everyday people. To date, thousands of Americans have participated in the program, and we have, in turn, shared their authentic, often unedited stories on social media, in podcasts, and in our traveling exhibitions.

The project incorporates students as well. Since 2012, we've engaged students in a dozen states through our Stories: YES initiative. More than 400 youth from small communities have researched topics important to their towns' histories, conducted interviews, collected photos and footage, and assembled their work into a final digital project.

In 2016, we partnered with MuseWeb, a museum-technology consulting group, to develop "Be Here: Main Street," a storytelling project in Minnesota that incorporated local storytellers, area government agencies, and local businesses. And, in 2020, we've partnered with Baltimore's Peale Center, an institution on the leading edge of technology and storytelling, to help archive and publish even more stories from people like you.


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Be a Storyteller

Find out how to take part in Stories from Main Street.

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Collect Your Materials

Organizing your digital materials is an important step. We accept images, video, audio, and text files in a variety of formats.

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Submit Your Story

Before submitting your story, you will be asked to complete a brief registration form and email verification process.

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Stories in your local community are like hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered and shared!

You can help bring the past to life by conducting an oral history interview with a family or community member and sharing it on this website.

Oral History Interview Guide