Marshfield Story Project will bring together our community – young, older and in between – to preserve Marshfield's community memory through intergenerational dialog, oral history video interviews and creating a digital archive.
Here are highlights about Marshfield Story Project: Share your images of living during COVID-19 Emergency The Vermont Historical Society has worked for nearly two hundred years to document the changing lives of Vermonters. They are continuing to do so with a new crowd sourced web site to document the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Vermont in 2020. They say:
"You can contribute your photographs, stories, poems, and videos of living through the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont. What’s different in your community – empty streets and empty shelves, signs and restrictions, people talking to each other across the street? What’s different in your own home – new routines, new office setups, new hobbies? Show us by contributing to this archive!”
Marshfield Story Project is live on Digital Vermont! Over the course of the last 2 months we have received Omeka database training from Paul Carnahan, Librarian and Marjorie Strong, Assistant Librarian, at the Vermont Historical Society. This training has enabled us to begin showing our collection of images on Digital Vermont, the Omeka-powered website of VHS. As we continue to collect oral history interviews we will be able to add them the site as well. People will be able to search the database from any computer to find our Marshfield collection. You can view the Marshfield Story Project section here: http://www.digitalvermont.org/MarshfieldStoryProject
Here is a statement of Vermont Historical Society's continuing support: Digital Vermont (digitalvermont.org) is a project of the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) featuring selected archival materials from our collections and those of partner organizations. The Omeka-powered site presently includes 875 images, 53 oral history interviews, and 250 paper-based items available to researchers on the website and through the Digital Public Library of America (https://dp.la/). Developing the website as a statewide digital archive is part of VHS’s current strategic plan. Adding scans of historic images from the Marshfield Historical Society and new video interviews from the Marshfield Story Project to the Digital Vermont site will be a logical “next step” in the Vermont Historical Society’s efforts to bring our history to all Vermonters wherever they might be.
Marshfield Story Project at Town Meeting Day Marshfield Story Project spent Town Meeting Day providing pop-up interview opportunities, showcasing our work on Digital Vermont and displaying a presentation about MSP, complete with a sample interview.
Twenty people stopped by to participate in individual video interviews and share their memories and views regarding Town Meeting Days, past and present. Our Representative, Janet Ancel and Tim Ashe, President Pro Tempore of the Senate stopped by to share their thoughts as well.
Marshfield Story Project to Attend Twinfield Together Mentoring Dinner On Thursday, March 26, MSP will join in the fun at the annual Twinfield Together Mentoring Program Dinner. Attendees will have a chance to share their favorite fun times and meaningful experiences as mentors and mentees. We hope that some people may even decide to participate in one of our oral history interviews in the future!
If you missed the Marshfield Story Project display at Town Meeting . . . You can view the presentation below. The quick time movie is 9 minutes long in total including a 6-minute interview snippet with Kathryn and Michael Trupin.
In the months ahead . . . Stay up-to-date about future events that may include:
Community Memory Days to bring in your old photos of Marshfield and have them scanned for inclusion in Marshfield Historical Society Archives
Gatherings to share your Marshfield stories with others, young and old
Video and interview sessions to record our stories and discussions
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IMLS grant number: LG-27-19-0240-19
Read the proposal on the IMLS website. Click here then scroll down to find our library.
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