Preserve the Civic Voices of your community! Access resources on how to conduct oral history interviews with engaged citizens and log in to learn how your students can interact with the site.


The Memory Bank is a collection of personal narratives that preserve the legacy of important democratic struggles. Students from around the world have recorded and submitted the stories of activists in their communities who participated in movements for human rights and democracy. Their interviews are stored in this growing repository, where they are available for use by historians and educators. Each transcript is a rich primary source document that helps the reader explore how civic ideals are realized through grass-roots efforts. The Bank is searchable by country, democratic concept, or key word. In addition to the written record, you will find a video excerpt of nearly every interview on the site, as well as short montages and listening guides suggesting ways to use the Civic Voices interviews as teaching tools. We encourage you to delve into the Memory Bank today and realize the power of personal narrative to inform and inspire future generations of citizens.

To explore the Memory Bank, click on a country from the map, select a democratic concept below, or enter a keyword into the search field.

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