Oral history is the tape-recording of reminiscences about which the narrator can speak from first hand knowledge. Since it is unlikely most people will preserve their memories by writing memoirs, oral history affords the subject to the opportunity to set aside a small amount of time to tape record the whys and hows of their efforts in order to preserve a more current history of the community.
No, a prior project, in conjunction with the Westfield Memorial Library, yielded 51 interviews, 19 of which still need to be transcribed. With the help of professional transcribers, we anticipate transcriptions being complete by February of 2002.
The current project begun in the Fall of 1997. To date, we have identified 64 people to interview. We have a group of 10 developing oral historians working to interview these people within the next 3 years.
The Westfield Historical Society's Oral History Program is made possible in part by a HEART Grant (History, Education, Art-Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Daniel P. Sullivan, Chairman.
Contact Darrick Sampson, Oral History Project Leader by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone at 908/ 317.2760 or surface mail at Westfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 613, Westfield, NJ 07091-0613. We have assembled training materials and a communications package to assist our members with the Project.
Below is a list of Interviews available to you via e-mail. To request a Transcribed Interview from the list below, please send an e-mail to Darrick.
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TRANSCRIBED ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS OF THE WESTFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Andrews, Helen Dawson (aka Peg)
Bailey, Charles P
Brown, Jesse Plant
Fink, Mary Elizabeth
Forster, Henry F.
Fort Nightly Club (Whitcomb, Helen)
Gordon, William H.
Hamilton, Dr. Henry
Hely, Dr. Charles
Hope, Robert A Jr,
Lee, Walter J.
Montgomery, Charlotte N.
Pierce, Elizabeth Tremaine
Platt, Kathryn Nicholas
Plinton, Hollis O.
Pollard, Beatrice Plumridge
Randolph, Catherine Lipton
Stuart, Byron D.
Taylor, Russell Davis
Thompson, Grace Lee
Wright, Shirley L.
Yorgenson, Estelle Wilcox
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