History is teaming up with The National September 11 Memorial and Museum and social media app Broadcastr to collect recordings of memories regarding the terror attacks of a decade ago.
The “Call to Remember” project enables people to call via a toll-free number, 855-We-Remember (855-937-3636), and recount their stories of how the events of September 11, 2001, impacted them.
Also, visitors to the World Trade Center site will also be able to record their voices at interactive kiosks installed at the 9/11 Memorial Visitor Center, which opens to the public on Monday, September 12, 2011.
Select stories will be uploaded as MP3 files to the social media app Broadcastr, where they will be able to be accessed for free via the iPhone and Android apps as well as via the web. Each story on Broadcastr will be geo-tagged to a physical location, and at the World Trade Center site, visitors will be able to use the app to stream stories pertaining to the area they are exploring.
With History’s involvement, the aim is to crowd-source messages from around the world. The project supports multiple languages.
“We are all witnesses to the tragedies of September 11 – those in New York City; in Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania, throughout America and around the world,” said Libby O’Connell, chief historian for History. “That day is permanently etched in our individual and collective memories. Personal stories from 9/11 make valuable contributions to the way our shared history is shaped and remembered.”