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Moore Free Library gets grant to launch ‘Community Memory’ project

NEWFANE—The Moore Free Library has begun a “Community Memory” project, which will collect audio recordings of stories, anecdotes, recollections, and thoughts of people who live or have lived in Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane, and Brookline.

The recordings (along with scanned photos, diaries, and letters) will be shared on the library’s website, moorefreelibrary.org.

This two-year project is a partnership between the library, the Historical Society of Windham County, Senior Solutions, Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Vermont Folklife Center and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Telling and listening to stories has a rich tradition in Vermont, and is a way to connect with others during a time when many feel isolated, as well as a way to preserve the words of loved ones.

Community members can volunteer for this project in a variety of ways.

Some people may wish to become interviewers, speaking with and making audio recordings of their friends and family members or with people they’ve never met before.

Others may wish to be interviewed or to record themselves telling their own story without an interviewer, or may want to be involved on the technical level by scanning old photos or letters or diaries or by working to upload audio and photo files to the website.

If you are interested in joining this special project, plan to attend the free workshops that relate to the aspects you are interested in: interviewing, editing audio files, scanning archival materials, or uploading files to the project website.

These in-depth, hands-on trainings will be held on Saturday afternoons in October. People can attend one or all of the workshops and attendance can be in person (outdoors on the library lawn or indoors, depending on the number of in-person attendees) or remotely via Zoom.

Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person. In the case of strong rain, the workshop will be held the following day at the same time. Pre-registration is required, call the library at 802-365-7948 to register and to get more information, including the link to participate remotely.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #583 (Wednesday, October 14, 2020).

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