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Everybody has a story. What's yours? “Stories from Main Street” is the Smithsonian’s new app for collecting stories from America’s small towns and rural communities. This is the place where anyone with an interest in small-town life can add his or her own personal experiences to the archive. Tell us what’s special about your hometown. After you share your own experience, be sure to listen to stories left by other users.

Selected stories from the application will be featured on the Smithsonian’s “Stories from Main Street” website. Help us document the rich history of America’s small towns with stories that exemplify the excitement, diversity and creativity of their citizens. The Smithsonian wants to hear from you!

We thank our contributors from around the world for adding great stories to the database. Please be aware that only stories submitted from within the United States are available for playback through the app’s “Listen” function at this time, but we are saving all international contributions for future use.

Created by the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program within the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Our exhibitions travel across the 50 states and U.S. territories. For complete schedule of our exhibitions visit http://www.storiesfrommainstreet.org/pages/pickAnExhibition.html

What's New

Version 2.1.0

Now you can listen to and contribute stories based on exhibit topics of Sports, Music, Food, Work, Travel as well as Life in Your Community.

Ratings and Reviews

Nice idea, very troubling execution.


First thing this app insists on is a GPS location. Huge assumption that all devices using this App have GPS capability. There is no option to manually set the location. If you are asking for rural oral history, strangling an App with technological requirements fails for the fact that some technology may be absent outside the designers metropolitan location or choice of devices. Visiting the website listed in this App shows how much information is missing from this App. A decent information menu would be nice, plus the option to browse the App first. This App breaks down submissions and listening options by gender and age, boy, girl, man, woman. This just seems wrong, tasteless, strange, discriminatory. Why should age and gender matter, need to be asked, or be required? That turns me off from the start. Seems clinical, laboratory, research based, not personal. The App asks for submissions and listening options based on specific questions. This fails to address the random, individual, and unique aspects of peoples lives. This project app should be rethought by people outside academia, committees, research, or science. This App's goal has all the warmth and social feeling of lab rat research, not oral history. Please try again.

Main street of the world?

Nic Demus

I thought this would be interesting to listen to stories from small town America. Instead I listened to 7/8 people from outside the United States. While one of the stories was interesting, the rest were spoken in their native language and I could not understand. Two of them seemed to be middle eastern men singing. Either the app needs to be renamed to encompass the world or you need to filter out all stories from outside of America. This app fails to deliver the experience it promises.

Liked it


Really liked the app. Had fun listening to people. Is there a way to categorize by region? Great job.


Smithsonian Institution
6.9 MB
Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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