For generations people have relied on oral traditions to preserve a record of the past in absence of written histories. The modern concept of oral history refers to the collection and study of information about individuals, families, important events, and everyday life using audio and visual recordings, planned interviews, and transcriptions. These recordings and interviews help inform research and understandings of a people and a place with witness accounts.
WorcesterTalks is an ongoing program with a mission to collect the oral histories of Worcester’s citizens to enhance WHM’s knowledge of Worcester’s past. This project develops a permanent archive of memories and experiences. Participants in WorcesterTalks will allow future historians, scholars, and people like you gain a greater awareness of local and world events from the perspective of people who experienced these events first hand.
Worcester’s Vanishing Veterans
Started in 2001, WHM has interviewed over seventy veterans of various wars.
In conjunction with the upcoming 2013 exhibition, Worcester in the 1960s, and with collaboration with the Worcester Art Museum and Worcester Women’s History Project, we invite you to share your stories of war, protest, music and life in the 1960s.
Past projects include the blizzard of 1978, the tornado of 1953, Worcester’s African-American, Vietnamese and Italian-American communities.
If you have a story to share about these subjects or any other life-changing event in your life, please contact the museum’s librarian.