Documenting Johnsburg's "Living History"

JOHNSBURG When it comes to documenting history, there is no substitute for the words of those who lived through it. The stories of older generations, and our appreciation of their willingness to share, can provide a window into the past far beyond the limitations of artifacts and historical records. Through this sharing of memories, history truly comes alive and the listener is transported to a time and place that can only be accessed through the perspective of someone who was there. This summer, members of the Johnsburg Historical Society will embark on an ambitious project to document some of the areas living history, through the oral remembrances of its oldest residents. Thanks to numerous donations, the Historical Society recently purchased a camcorder, microphone, tripod and stand lighting for their interview project. They also received a generous grant, provided by the Rivendell Foundation, for the purchase of an archival-quality fireproof storage cabinet. We have quite an extensive list of people we would like to interview, Historical Society President, Lyle Dye, says. Obviously we have to prioritize that list and we cant wait to get started. The groups efforts will coincide with a visit to the region by the national Story Corps Project. The project will be in Glens Falls on July 2-12, in cooperation with North Country Public Radio. The Historical Societys Living History committee also plans to interview Milda Burns and Lyle Dye in the Story Corps recording booth. For more information, contact Living History Committee co-chairs Erika Bornn or Kathy Maiorana at (518) 251-5788.

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