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Tell Me a Story Oral History Program At the Edgerton Pioneer Days Festival

August 09, 2011

Oral histories are one of the most personal and rewarding ways to preserve personal and family stories.

MCPL’s Midwest Genealogy Center hosts an oral history program, Tell Me a Story, which gives the public a chance to record oral histories at no cost. Tell Me a Story oral history sessions are interviews between two people. Trained MCPL staff will facilitate the interview and operate the equipment. Interview sessions last up to 45 minutes.

We are thrilled to have the Tell Me a Story program here at the Edgerton Branch from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 during the Edgerton Pioneer Days festival. We thought that this would be a great way to celebrate the town’s history, and a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to participate. We are happy to suggest potential interview questions, but participants should have some idea of what stories they most want preserved in a session. You can stop by the branch to pick up a list of questions. Is there a certain story about an event in your life or your close relative’s lives which you would like to have recorded for your own children and grandchildren? Do you have a story about an event that helped shape the history of Edgerton (or your own town) that you would like to share? Do you remember any significant events that shouldn’t be forgotten? Personally, I wish that my own family had had this opportunity while my great grandma was still alive. She had a TON of funny stories about her experiences growing up, and we just can’t tell them like she could.

Participants will receive a CD with the full interview. The library will archive a copy of the audio at the Midwest Genealogy Center, and will request permission to make it available to the public.

Here’s that information for you again: MCPL will be recording oral histories at the Edgerton Branch from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Appointments are required for oral history interviews. To schedule an appointment, call 816.790.3569.

Jordan P.
Edgerton Branch

Tags: oral history, Missouri, genealogy, Edgerton

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