Here’s second year Haley Gard to talk a little about her favorite oral history project.
CGP Community Stories
CGP Community Stories presents the diverse narratives of the residents of Otsego County, New York. The project allows students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program to contribute to 50 year old archive of oral histories by conducting their own interviews as part of first year coursework and honing their historical researching skills. By interviewing local residents, students have the opportunity to interact with community members, gathering stories that touch on themes of family, trends, travel, work, school, wartime and recreation. It also provides a recorded history that serves to inform current environmental and sustainability issues in Central New York, providing resources for student and faculty facilitated public programs that create community dialogue. Producing online material like podcasts and a Tumblr allows the public at large to interact with student collected history through recorded and photographic resources.
This is just one of the ways the CGP students connect with the broader Cooperstown community while gaining resume building skills they can take into their careers.