Share your story with us

We want to hear the stories that matter to you. Utilizing the Storycorps platform, this project will collect stories from rural communities across California, providing context and history, and helping to create a window into rural places. Interviews will be housed on the Rural Stories Project website, and will also be shared on Storycorps, providing access to a broader audience, and offering an interface for rural residents anywhere to share their stories and build their own community archives. We are excited to hear your stories about rural life and culture.

Find featured communities on Storycorps by clicking a link below:

Hayfork, CA

Schedule or submit an interview:

Invite someone who has shared something meaningful with you, has an interesting story to tell, or has a special story or insight about rural life, and interview them about their experiences, then share your interview with the Rural Stories Project. You can also set up a time to be interviewed by the project director, or submit an interview by messaging the project director.

Record an interview and share it with the Rural Stories Project on Storycorps:

You can also upload existing interviews to the Rural Stories Project Storycorps community. All uploads will be approved by the Rural Stories Project before they are shared.

Download the Storycorps recording app to your phone to record an interview:

The Storycorps recording app is free and allows you to record interviews on your phone. All interviews submitted to the Rural Stories Project will become part of the website as well as the Rural Stories Project Archive, and they will also be shared with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

What to talk about?

The Rural Stories Project would love your stories and insight about anything related to rural life and culture, including your personal story as someone who is part of a rural community.

Browse great interview questions, and find information about drafting your own, on the Storycorps website.

Browse ready-made questions about rural life.