Archive for Thursday, February 27, 2003

Oral history

February 27, 2003


To the editor:

Your editorial on oral history, "Pieces of history" (Feb. 19) greatly interested me, and I could not agree more with the sentiment expressed. So, please let me inform you that the members of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Assn. decided at their most recent meeting to conduct their own oral history project. We are also attempting to put together a story-telling component for our annual Spring Yard Sale, a flea market/art sale March 8, at New York School.

We will be interviewing our friends, neighbors and people who once lived in the neighborhood to preserve a picture of what life was like here. We do not have a "seminal" issue, such as World War II, but we want to keep alive the history of everyday life, which changed so remarkably during the last century. At the end of our project, we expect to have a video documentary, accompanied by still photographs, to celebrate the life and dignity of a generation.

I have heard nothing but enthusiasm, excitement and offers to help when speaking to others about this project, and I believe this community truly understands the value it has. Our outreach effort to find storytellers has begun, but perhaps this letter will find its way to some of your readers we may otherwise miss.

Ed Tato, president,

East Lawrence Neighborhood Assn.

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