Story Canoe Saves the Life Stories of Your Loved Ones
You might even say we're obsessed! We have been recording stories and making them memorable for over 30 years. Stories matter and yours is worth telling!
You will only hear top quality, excellent, audio from Story Canoe and we have the awards to back that up.
You will have a blast recording with us! We put you at ease during your interview and personally guide you to first class story recording! You get to talk about yourself into a microphone...does it get more fun than that?
When my dad was 83 years old, I found this old photo of him taken in 1949. Curious, I asked about it. As it turns out, the raccoon belonged to his cousin Evelyn, and in telling me about it, my dad revealed part of our family history that I’d never heard before. During World War II, his family lived with Evelyn's family in Little Rock, Arkansas. My grandmother supported the war effort by working in a munitions factory, and my grandfather drove deliveries for the factory. I’d never known that they lived in Little Rock or that my grandmother had done anything besides teach school - much less make fuses for bombs! It felt like a significant piece of family history and I was hearing it for the first time because I was curious about a raccoon and the story behind it.
Stories are everywhere: in a photo, in an old pair of shoes, in a family recipe or a scrap of paper. Even little things can bring stories to mind — important stories that are waiting to be told and gathered and saved. This raccoon continually inspires me to ask more questions, gather more stories and save them the best way I know how.
Story Canoe was born out of my passion for all things audio combined with an insatiable desire to preserve legacy. The first time I picked up a microphone I instinctively used it to ask questions. Some my earliest interviews were of my siblings and parents in the car on long road trips when I was in elementary school. Sadly, those old cassettes are nowhere to be found. I do have my interview with Amelia Earhart's sister, Muriel which I recorded for an 8th grade project. It wasn't a great interview. I fumbled quite a bit and wasn't nearly as prepared as I should have been. But, here's the thing. I saved a little bit of history, even so. That was just the beginning. For over 30 years I have been at this and I won't ever stop. Not as long as there is another important story to save...and there always will be.
Founder & Chief Storyteller
JoEllen has degrees in radio and television broadcasting and has worked in audio and video production as a voice artist, actor, writer and producer for over 30 years.