Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Catching History

I'll be joining several history enthusiasts at a small workshop today where an archivist will discuss the challenges and techniques of preserving oral histories. One of the great frustrations of anyone who loves history is knowing how many people die without having had their memories of important events preserved.

Here's a small example: Consider how valuable it would be if you had brief interviews of people who raised families, started businesses, farmed, learned a trade, argued court cases, swept streets, practiced medicine, or served on school boards in your city 100 years ago.

Simple fact: We need to catch history today in order to preserve it for tomorrow.

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