Jul 16, 2021
2 projects aim to preserve Iowa's oral histories
Celina Karp Biniaz holds a pair of scissors Oskar Schindler gave her family to barter for supplies after being liberated from his factory in 1945.
Celina Karp Biniaz holds a pair of scissors Oskar Schindler gave her family to barter for supplies after being liberated from his factory in 1945. The stories of her parents, who moved to DSM, were recorded in 1981 and are part of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society's digitization project. Photo courtesy of the society

Two efforts are in the works to document and preserve first-person accounts of Iowans who experienced historically significant events.

Why it matters: These stories contribute to a fuller understanding of our communities and our history, and preserve them for future generations.

Driving the news: The Iowa Jewish Historical Society was awarded a roughly $19,300 state grant this month to expand and digitize their more than 40 years of collected oral histories.

  • Hundreds of interviews with members of Iowa's Jewish community are being professionally digitized from cassette and video tape as part of the project.
  • It'll result in searchable online access to many of the oral records, most of which are currently only available at the society's Waukee office, director Sandi Yoder told Jason yesterday.

🇺🇸 More news: On Saturday, the Iowa Veterans' Perspective is teaming with the Urbandale Pubic Library to record veterans' stories.

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