Seriously, I know that you enjoy listening to your parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors tell stories about their life experience. Don’t tell me you have never thought, “Someone should really be recording this!” Okay, I am calling you out – YOU are that someone who should be recording it.
Especially think about the holiday coming up this Sunday. Independence Day is a time when we get together with our friends and family and cook out, swim, camp, blow up fireworks…all that good stuff. But it is also a time we remember what it means to be a part of this country, and to celebrate our continued freedom – and thank our VETERANS for that freedom. Take some time this weekend to listen to a veterans experience, and when you do, go ahead and record it – the best part, I AM GOING TO TEACH YOU HOW!
This Thursday, before you get settled in for your long weekend, join me at KHS from 5-7pm to learn about how to do oral history interviews with veterans. We are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center. The American Folklore Society (established 1888 – I find this impressive!) is sponsoring a workshop for YOU to learn how to participate in the VHP with the Library of Congress. I am going to show you how to setup an oral history interview, talk about recording equipment for this and give you all the paperwork and tools for you to participate, on your own or in conjunction with the Kentucky Historical Society.
Want a sample: here is a clip of Raymond Turley from Mt. Sterling talking about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
If you want to encourage someone in your life to participate, but don’t want to be the one to do the interview, give me a call, I will get you scheduled here at KHS – we are still conducting military related interviews as a part of our current exhibition Kentucky Military Treasures.
Check out some of the Kentucky interviews already at the LOC, only 5% of what they receive goes online, there are 106 KY interviews up.
Seriously, Here is your chance! If you can't make it this Thursday, or you are too far away, I will also be offering the same training (with the same sponsorship) on July 29 from 5-7pm at the Perry County Public Library in Hazard and on August 5 from 5-7pm at the Hardin County Public Library in Elizabethtown.
Tell your friends and family - let's get those stories saved!
(Image above: Mary McElroy Perry interviewing Neal Hammon for the Military Treasures Exhbition at KHS)
- Sarah Milligan