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.
Current Partnerships/Worcester Talks
• Latino History Project
• Worcester’s Vanishing Veterans – Started in 2001, WHM has interviewed over seventy veterans of various wars.
• Worcester In The 1960s: We invite you to share your stories of war, protest, music, and life in the 1960s.
• 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.
WORCESTER IN THE 20TH CENTURY
• The Blizzard of 1978
• COVID-19 Chronicles/Worcester’s Community Archive