Collective Memories Series #004
Tuesday, March 7th
7:30pm - Crow's Nest Officers Club
Over a series of sometimes snowy Monday nights in January 2017, a dozen participants gathered at the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s office in St. John’s to learn the basics of oral history.
This extended oral history course was a first for HFNL, and was open to anyone with an interest in local history, culture, and folklore, and who wished to learn more about safeguarding our cultural heritage through the medium of oral histories. We had students and experienced cultural workers, retirees, former journalists, and people passionate about archives and family history.
One of the goals of the course was to have participants work collaboratively to create a finished oral history project. We talked about the importance of focussing a project, and after discussion, we agreed to conduct oral histories on the hidden and secret worlds of young lives, and to collect some of those stories you might not have wanted your parents to know at the time.
Our researchers went out and conducted their own interviews, prepared biographies of their storytellers, and selected memories for publication. On Tuesday, at 7:30pm at the historic Crow's Nest Officers Club, we launch the results of their work with "I’m going to tell your mother: An oral history of childhood’s hidden worlds."
Come learn some of the secrets uncovered by our researchers!