Oral History

Historic City of Jefferson Oral History Program

 

The purpose of the Oral History Program is to record personal histories and memories of “old time” Jefferson City.  The program was formally brought back to HCJ in 2008. The Oral History Committee was formed for the purpose of recording audio and video histories of long time Jefferson City residents.

The Oral History Committee was formed for the purpose of recording audio and video histories of long time Jefferson City residents.  The group plans to begin a library of these histories using new media including CDs, DVDs, flashdrives and transcriptions so that the recordings will be easily retrievable and preserved for future generations.

The Oral History Committee invites the public to volunteer to participate in the project, or to suggest the names of older residents of the city who might have unique personal, business or civic histories that should be recorded.

Also, the organization is transferring old video and audio tapes that were recorded in previous years onto digital formats along with making transcriptions of those tapes.

We are very excited about this project and what it could mean for the preservation of the history of Jefferson City.  There are so many stories out there that we just don’t even know about and we are in a race against time to get as many of them recorded as we possibly can.

To suggest the name of a person who should be interviewed or to volunteer to assist in the project:

Contact co-chairs:  Janet Maurer and Bruce Bates