The History Center in Tompkins County places a great deal of value on sharing our stories. We all have a history, a story to share, and are part of the community’s collective history. Over time we will be reviewing the intersection of sharing personal stories, inter-generational dialogues, and conducting oral histories for groups and organizations.
The History Center in Tompkins County is interested in all three and seeks to develop an approach that is both strategic and mindful of what others are doing throughout the community.
We will seek to develop programmatic and educational approaches that build partnerships and use history as a way of connecting residents through knowing, learning and discovery. One key goal is to create a common bond across the generations and across groups. There are opportunities to capture stories forgotten, passed over, and/or ignored.
Generation to Generation: Collecting and Sharing Stories
Generation to Generation is an intergenerational Oral History Project at The History Center in Tompkins County that builds bridges between youth and adults in the community. Through this project, we explore topics relevant to the community, while preserving local history and making connections to our current lives.
In this year’s “Gen 2 Gen” program, we will explore the history of immigration in Tompkins County by conducting interviews with people who have immigrated to the United States, live in Tompkins County, and own a restaurant or food-related business (or whose parents/families owned the business).
Interested in being interviewed about your own story of immigration and owning a food business? Contact Julia Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-273-8284 x229 to learn more.
Oral History Workshop
Another new History Center initiative, we will offer this workshop during the winter where individuals, groups, and organizations interested in conducting their own oral history projects can come together to hear local experts in this field, brainstorm ideas with others, and make valuable connections. Resources will continually be updated on our website so that anyone interested in conducting oral histories can refer to this repository of information.