Welcome to our final Talking Points video! In the last video of the series we’re going over what to do after an interview. The project doesn’t end once you turn the recorder off! Think about how you want to preserve and share the information you gathered during the interview. If you are researching family history, maybe share your interview with other family members. Consider donating the audio to a local museum (like Historic Saranac Lake!) where your interview can inform exhibits, be accessed by researchers, and be shared with future generations.
To learn more about Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history project visit our website, www.hslstories.org
It’s Story Saturday again! Today we’re sharing a story from NCPR’s North Country at Work, featuring Saranac Lake local Chris Woodward. Chris owns The Woodward Boat Shop where he is one of very few people who builds and repairs Adirondack Guideboats. In an interview with North Country at Work, Chris shared about the tedium and joy of guideboat repairs, as well as how he first learned his trade. Listen to the interview here: https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/40470/20200204/north-country-at-work-an-adirondack-guideboat-builder-on-sweat-shovels-and-sanding-lots-of-sanding
Today’s Talking Points is all about using oral history to capture history as it happens! Oral history is a great tool to preserve primary source accounts. Many organizations (including Historic Saranac Lake!) are currently using oral history as a tool to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their communities. Today’s video explores some things to keep in mind when documenting an ongoing event.
Today’s Story Saturday is in honor of a Saranac Lake legend, Bunk Griffin! Bunk is an expert on local history and shares stories from Saranac Lake’s past through his website (www.bunksplace.com) and his facebook page. This Wednesday was Bunk’s 80th birthday and we wanted to celebrate him by sharing a story he told us during a 2018 interview!
Thank you Bunk for connecting so many people to our local history and reminding us to pay it forward.
For the finale of our Live from the Porch program we’re excited to feature the Adirondack Barbershop Coalition, the ABC! Members Rick Burdt, Jessica Deeb, Diane Loeber, and Rich Loeber are performing Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka. The encore is Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby by Les Applegate. Thank you ABC! View the whole series here.
Today on Talking Points, oral history coordinator Kayt Gochenaur is sharing a favorite interview tip: ask questions about things you are really interested in! Interviews are not about the interviewer and their personal interests. But a few questions about something you are personally passionate about, whether it’s cooking or movies, can build your bond with your interviewee and give you new insights into their life.
This week on Story Saturday we are featuring Russell Shefrin! Russell grew up on the grounds at Ray Brook Sanatorium. After curing from TB at Trudeau Sanatorium, Russell's father took a job at Ray Brook. In this excerpt from a 2013 interview, Russell describes his childhood home and the curious experience of seeing replicas of that home at a number of other state facilities. To read more about Russell's memories of Ray Brook Sanatorium, check out his wiki page: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Russell_Shefrin
Welcome to our penultimate Live from the Porch performance! Today we’re featuring Peter Crowley. Peter is performing a personal favorite of his, Lights of the City. This rendition of the gospel song is closest to one written by soul singer and songwriter Ray Lewis. Tune in next Tuesday for the final performance in our Live from the Porch series! View the whole series here.
Welcome back to Talking Points! This week's video contains tips for handling difficult subjects in an interview. We hope these videos are helping you have important conversations, and have inspired you to ask your loved ones about their stories! We'll see you next Sunday! View the whole series here.
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We're posting all the latest news, videos, and stories from Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project and Cure Porch on Wheels here. Stay tuned for Talking Points on Sunday, Live from the Porch on Tuesday and Saturdays, and other weekly offerings!