Some things to know about Story Chip

What is a Story Chip?

Nothing in these pages should be viewed as the whole story or the complete truth. Instead, each of us has our own piece of the puzzle to add to the collected history of our planet. Each story should be seen as a small Chip of the whole. These chips of history are only revealing when there is a large collection that is accessible. Just like potato chips, one should never be enough.

Sample some of the Chips!

The impact of September 11, 2001 was enormous. On our 9/11 page you can share the experience of individuals making their way through that day.

Halloween is coming and some may remember the reports of Orson Welles broadcast of the War of the Worlds. Our page has the story of loss in one teenager's life.

One is never enough.

Tell A Story

Cave paintings told the story of the hunt. Storytellers educated around the fire. Ballads put events to music. The Internet gives us the ability to tell our collective history in multimedia. This site begins with text so that it can be searched. Imagine a catalogue of cave paintings that you could search in order to understand a long forgotten culture. Telling the stories of our lives will provide a more complete record, even if we are only writing digital cave paintings.

Add your stories in one of two ways. Visit a page with existing stories and add your story on the same subject. The second way is to create a new page with a story line that you want to share.

Membership

Joining a website is always a hurdle. Given the amount of identity theft and number of virtual imposters, healthy scepticism deserves praise. In fact, it is our own dose of scepticism that led us to require membership in Story Chip. Well, that and a legal climate has spawned video channels that do nothing but show court proceedings. We do not intend any barriers to accessing the stories on this site. We absolutely want to know who is contributing material so that attribution is correct. Membership in this site is a privilege endowed by birth and a life of collecting experience that becomes our historical record. So, read anonymously and enjoy the content. You are already a member of Story Chip and all that we ask is that you claim authorship of anything you submit by filling in the simplest of application forms. All that we ask is a name and an email address. Thanks for signing in!

Story Hints

In case you have difficulty thinking of something to write, here are a few suggestions:

How did you experience the election/inauguration of President Barack Obama?
Where were you on 9/11/2001?
Where were you when the bombs fell on Hiroshima?
Describe the haunted house where you live.
What is the story that your family asks to hear over and over again?

You may want to tell your own stories or tell us stories handed down to you, stories told to you by your parents or grandparents.

Remember, as you think about your stories, that every story has its place and contributes to the telling of our collective narrative. The beauty of this site will be in the personal anecdotes that, gathered together, present a full picture of our world and our history.

Holiday Story Chips

The holiday season is a great time to collect Chips! Family gatherings inevitably lead to retelling the stories and sharing the cultural traditions. Turn on a audio recorder or take some notes that can become the next addition to Story Chip. If each family member spent 5 minutes to commit one story to paper or disk, the stories on these pages would be richer in very little time. The threat is always the same. When we lose a family member or a friend, we lose their stories as well. Holidays should be a time to celebrate our heritage and keep it alive in Story Chip!

How to participate

Share your experience with everyone. Tell your stories on Story Chip. Read about the experiences of others on Story Chip. Take the time to make a record of your experience.

After a funeral, with everyone gathered and sharing memories, you may have heard “We have lost all of those stories with this death.” This web site is for everyone who has felt even the smallest remorse at that moment.

After dinner, while everyone relaxes over fruit and coffee, you may have heard, “Tell us about the time…” This web site is for everyone who has ever done the telling.

After school (or work or…), when the family is gathered for dinner or “Leave It To Beaver” reruns, you may have heard, “Will you tell me about your day?” This web site is for everyone who ever asked the question.

You should find yourself in one of those groups because we all have wonderful stories to tell. Sharing the human experience and reflecting on what gives our lives meaning is uniquely human. Some stories show irony or poignancy or tragedy or comedy and some do it all at once. We need all kinds of stories for all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons. Each story reflects a new light on our collective history.

So, write a story from your life and include yourself in history. Type your story in a word processor and cut and paste into the box on a Story Chip page. Start a new topic or add your story to an existing one.

The history of our world will be told in the collection of all of these stories, big and small.

Add your stories to this collection. Put a part of yourself on the web so that after the next funeral, you might hear “So many of those stories have been saved at StoryChip.com.”

Existing Groups or Archives

Many groups have begun their own oral history projects (see the Forum) that are linked here on Story Chip. We will work with any group to share resources with the goal of making oral history more searchable, accessible and widely read. An example can be seen in the way we have organized the Dub Ramsel Stories that have been collected by the Williamson County Historical Society. Email us at moc.liamg|pihcyrots#moc.liamg|pihcyrots so that we can work together.

Story guidelines

As you write your stories, be sure to answer some of these basic questions:

What happened?

When did it happen?

Where did it happen?

Why did it happen and why is this story important to you?

How did it happen?

The length of the story is not the most important part. Some are short and others take a little longer. Remember that your story will be supported by all of the web sites content.

About Story Chip including why this is important

Story Chip invites you to take your place in history! We invite you to become a story teller, a chronicler of history. Story Chip is founded on the idea that the story of our world is best told by the people who experience it and that each of us has something to contribute to that living story. Your life stories are crucial components of our collective heritage. No story is too small; whether you want to share what your life was like herding sheep in a tiny village, where you were on 9/11/2001 or your experiences in World War II. Each story adds to the mosaic of our time and to the dimension and richness of our understanding of our world.

Historians have always sought out the stories of people and how they lived their day to day lives. The richness of the historical record comes from the collected record of a culture.

What is the hope/dream of this project?

Our hope at the World History Project is that Story Chip will become a major source of 20th and 21st century historical information for historians as well as for the casual reader – it will be a site where our story is told in the richest, most complete way possible.

Why?

Collectively, we will provide historians, through our stories, the opportunity to gather information from the broadest possible field - first hand accounts from all over the world and from all possible events, from all possible points of view. With so much information never before compiled, you, the historian and casual reader alike will have available the richest possibilities for compiling a comprehensive understanding of a particular time or event. As our collection of stories grows, this site will provide a wonderful perspective on even a remote location for any given year. This will be irreplaceable original research, which previously might have taken years to find.

Housekeeping for Contributors

The site is licensed under Creative Commons. Those who use material on the site should be attributing the work, the site and the author. Please include your name and your location with each of your stories so that credit can be given.

Please join Story Chip before trying to post anything to the web site.

The site will do its best to remain rated PG-13. Life is messy, violent and sexy, but descriptions of human activity do not need to be graphic to the level of turning away readers. We recognize mature material is important, but material that is not presented with some consideration of others will be removed from the site.

Our expectation is that only original material will be included here. Only post material that is original or carries permission to reprint.

Dub Ramsel, storyteller

We are delighted to have a collection of central Texas musings brought to us courtesy of the Williamson County Historical Commission. Dub's stories begin with his introduction.

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