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.
Welcome back to Talking Points! Today we’re sharing some advice for interviewing folks experiencing memory loss. These interviews are absolutely worthwhile! Check out the video below for some tips to help make an interview a positive experience.
StoryCorps has published a fantastic guide for conducting interviews with people living with memory loss as part of their Memory Loss initiative. You can check it out here: https://storycorps.org/discover/memory-loss-initiative/
Historic Saranac Lake is launching a new documentation project, “Saranac Lake in the Time of COVID.” To help document local history, we’re asking community members to send in responses to two questions: 1) How has the pandemic affected your life? 2) What have you learned during this experience? Email your written response or send a voice recording to email@example.com. As part of the project we will be collecting responses in person at pop-up stations, while maintaining social distance. Fill out our online survey here.
Have more to share about the impact of the pandemic on life in Saranac Lake? We are conducting full-length oral history interviews over the phone. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in an interview.
Today on Talking Points we're covering the subject of silence in an interview. Silences can be uncomfortable, but they play an important role in interviews! Our instinct is to fill up silence with speech, but people need time to reflect and remember. You both need time to breath! Slowing down is especially important during difficult or emotional subjects. Watch below for some tricks to using silence to create a more thoughtful interview.
Welcome to another Story Saturday! Today's story is from this March, when the Fish and Game Club hosted their 36th annual Colby Classic Fishing Derby. We brought the Cure Porch on Wheels to the shores of Lake Colby and interviewed local fishermen to help document this Adirondack tradition.
Charlie Jessie, who has helped with all 36 derbies, was the one who put the first ever tagged fish into Lake Colby. A few hours later we interviewed Alyssa and her father, Henry. Alyssa (11 years old) had just caught an 8.5 lb northern pike, and Henry shared that his father was the one who caught the first tagged trout in Lake Colby!
Historic Saranac Lake is crafting exciting new exhibits for our expanded museum campus. While we grow our collection and exhibits we want to connect with your Saranac Lake memories. Use the form to share your favorite local memory. Tell us what's important to you!
Introducing Talking Points, a ten part series on how to conduct oral history interviews! Historic Saranac Lake's oral history coordinator Kayt Gochenaur shares tips and tricks for successful oral history interviews. She will be covering everything from interviewing people experiencing memory loss, to what to do after an interview. Stay tuned every Sunday for the next installment!
Help us witness history in the making! Communities all over the world are being affected by the ongoing public health crisis, including Saranac Lake, and we want to document our history as it is happening. We want to hear from YOU about your experience!
If you live in the Saranac Lake Central School District, this short survey is a chance to add your voice to the historical record. Tell us about your experiences, including precautions you are taking, how your work and home lives have changed, and how you're coping with these uncertain times. If you would like to submit a photo, or have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
From the Porch
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!