I Am Nebraska is an oral history project, that invites citizens of all ages to share their Nebraska experience via social media by recording a short video and uploading it to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube account under the hash tag “I Am Nebraska” (#IAMNEBRASKA).
The project is being conducted as part of the Nebraska 150 Celebration throughout 2017.
You don’t have to be a professional videographer to participate. You just need a smartphone or webcam and Internet connection. I Am Nebraska is a great family project. Have children and students ask older generations about their Nebraska experience.
Tell us what living in Nebraska has meant to you. Share your family history, favorite memories of growing up, the best Nebraska vacation experience how you have witnessed Nebraska change throughout the years, what you were surprised to discovered about the state after first moving here – whatever it is, we want to hear from you!
I Am Nebraska is funded in part by Nebraska Humanities and is a partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The storytelling campaign will work in tandem with the Tourism Commission’s efforts in 2017, encouraging Nebraskans to share their stories.
- SELECT A TOPIC.
Is the video about your personal experience as a Nebraskan? About someone in your family? About your community? Something else?
- CHOOSE THE STORYTELLER.
It may be you, other members of your family, your friends, business associates – anyone.
- START THE VIDEO WITH INTRODUCTIONS.
Everyone involved should provide their name and place of residence (hometown).
- RECORD THE STORY. Here are a few questions to get you started:
- Why do you live in Nebraska?
- What does it mean to be a Nebraskan?
- What makes Nebraska (or your town, family, community) unique to you?
- What are your favorite memories or Nebraska stories?
- How have you seen your life in Nebraska change through the years?
- What is your favorite place in Nebraska and why?
- UPLOAD THE VIDEO TO YOUR PREFERRED SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM OR YOUTUBE WITH THE HASHTAG #IAMNEBRASKA.
Don’t worry about editing. We want this collection to be as far-reaching as possible, so the most important thing is that we hear from you.
- Videos can be as short as one minute or as long as they need to be to tell your story.
- We recommend staying well below 60 minutes. The shorter the video, the better chance you have of others viewing your submission.
- As you record, ambient noise can be problematic, so select your location with care.
- Don’t record in a public place. The espresso machine at the coffee shop will drown out conversation.
- Avoid recording in the kitchen as they tend to create an echo effect. The family room is best for a recording. Carpeting, plush furniture and curtains help absorb sound.
- Make sure TVs, radios and cell phones are turned off. Keep an ear out for noisy devices, including computers and air conditioners.
- Close doors and post a sign to let people know you are taping so interruptions don’t ruin your video shoot.
- If using a smart phone or tablet, film horizontally to make it look best when uploaded.
- Keep the camera at eye-level of the person being interviewed.
- Watch out for bright light or distractions behind the person; both can spoil your video.