Since its launching, StoryVault, a social history and genealogy networking website, became an invaluable resource for families, students, historians and everyone else who were interested to hear and learn from remarkable stories and experiences told by people around the world.
Now, with their app, sharing and telling a story is easier, faster and even more attractive.
As an oral history website, it encourages people to record their stories and the key events in the lives of their families, to upload them and leave to future generations.
When the site went live, it already had some remarkable stories in their online video library, for instance, the one told by Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic, or Henry Allingham, the First World War veteran.
StoryVault especially attracted historians, who are more than interested in first-hand stories and testimonies from eye-witnesses.
The creators wanted to encourage and inspire an interest in history in school children, which they did with “Meet the Grandparents” idea.
By encouraging children to interview their grandparents, StoryVault became a part of the National Curriculum for 8-year olds and up, promoting the importance of history and heritage.
Another interesting part of the StoryVault network is “Family Tree”, where you can store your family’s important memories. Moreover, because there is no limit to the sorts of stories you want to share, the network welcomes other, let’s say different stories, as well.
Everyone has a story to tell, and this is the place to tell it.
Today, video storytelling is very popular due to the smartphones and tablets, which are inevitable parts of our lives. Having a quick and easy access to such social network with your smartphone opens a new chapter to rethink history and recreate family storytelling.
We, at EtonDigital, have been supporting the ideas and initiatives that can bring change, and this idea has in a way changed how we perceive history, and how we communicate our memories.
We designed an app that can engage users in a simple way. The app offers all benefits of easy and quick video recording and uploading, with a simple and easy-to-use interface.
With the app, one can easily browse thousands of stories from around the world, see other people’s stories, and testimonies, comment and rate videos, and share them on other social networks.
The application is available for both iOS and Android, and it’s free.
What I particularly like about StoryVault is the fact that people can tell their stories in their own way.
This subjective approach to storytelling (deprived of any rigid professional criticism, or reshaped by professionals in editing process) is what makes these videos even more valuable, because after time, we can see and understand how we became what we are today, what had the greatest influence on our life or family, and what changed us the most.
This library is going to be a significant source for the historians in the future.
When you browse the videos you can come across some truly astonishing and educational stories, and life testimonies, the ones that would have otherwise been forgotten if it wasn’t for StoryVault.
Do you have a story to share?
Because everyone has, and those stories should stay alive for future generations. Why?
Through stories, people share experience, happiness, courage, and joy. Through stories, one can inspire and provoke someone’s creativity and change them. Through stories, we learn and remember. Our life is a story we tell in various ways, we live that story, and create it. Why share it? Because “fascinating memories from ordinary people should not be allowed to be forgotten”.
This is where you sign in, and leave the story to the future.