Over the course of four months, 224 people became a part of living history by participating in the StoryCorps experience at Cadence Park in Irvine. Their stories have been preserved for posterity at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

listen to those stories
Although our exhibit is gone, you can still contribute recordings to our Stories from the OC community page.

Stories From The OC was a unique opportunity for the people of Orange County to share their stories. From August 15th through December 31st, 2019, over 200 people recorded and shared a part of their history at the Stories From The OC booth located at Cadence Park in Irvine.

  • Create an account by downloading the free StoryCorps App for Android, iOS or Kindle.
  • When you set up your account, apply the community code: ocstories.
  • After you record a story, you will be prompted to share with The Stories From the OC community.

We hope you enjoy listening to Stories From The OC.

We make it easy.
The best stories are unscripted and unrehearsed.
They can be told in any language. And they can last up to 40 minutes. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of questions to get the conversation started. They can also bring meaningful objects or photos that evoke personal memories.
A storytelling guide will be present to help.
They may ask a couple follow-up questions. But the participants are primarily the ones guiding the conversation and asking questions of each other. The guide will assist in creating a StoryCorps app account and getting participants set up in the recording booth.
Participants are in control of their own story.
Each participant will have access to their story through their online StoryCorps account. Participants are in complete control of their own story. They can choose to make their story public on the StoryCorps archive website or keep it private.
About StoryCorps.
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization, and the largest oral history project of its kind. Over half a million voices have been archived so far, and select stories are shared with the public through public radio broadcasts, podcasts, animations, and books. Since 2003, StoryCorps has been traveling the country, recording tens of thousands of stories — one captivating conversation at a time.

We encourage you and all those interested in participating to visit, go to the Stories section — and just listen. Experience for yourself how deeply moving and inspiring these simple conversations can be.