Collective Memories


What is the Collective Memories Project?
The Collective Memories Project is an initiative which will invite seniors to record their stories and memories for archiving and sharing. The project is about creating a venue for community members and seniors to come together to share their ideas, experiences, memories, and traditional knowledge. The Collective Memories Project will promote and support activities to engage seniors, at the same time promoting pride in community history and traditional cultural activities.

Who are we?

Collective Memories is a project of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with a Working Group comprised of members from the Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors, the Interdepartmental Working Group on Aging and Seniors, and is funded through the Department of Seniors Wellness and Social Development. Project manager is folklorist Dale Jarvis, and project researcher is Terra Barrett.

The Collective Memories Project will have three major objectives: 
  • to conduct a survey of existing oral history collections (print, video, and audio); 
  • to conduct oral history interviews with seniors; and,
  • to create a plan and toolkit for communities wishing to record and collect their own stories at the local level.
The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for community partners to help make existing oral history collections more accessible to the general public, and can help communities start up new oral history projects to interview local seniors. For more information on the Collective Memories Project or how you or your community organization can get involved, email terra@heritagefoundation.ca or call (709) 739-1892, ext. 5.

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