Jul 16, 2021 - News
2 projects aim to preserve Iowa's oral histories
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.
- It's taking place from 9am-6pm. Make an appointment, here.
- Footage will be shared with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.
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