More than 40 years after being recorded, the Latah County Oral History Project is getting a second life! Hundreds of hours of interviews have been digitized by the University of Idaho and are now available online. Join us for the launch party on Wednesday, April 1 in the 1912 Center Great Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Help us to remember Latah County and Idaho life at the turn of the 20th century. Co-sponsored by the Latah County Historical Society and the University of Idaho Library, this event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Click HERE for a link to a story from Pullman Radio News on the University of Idaho’s involvement in the project.
We are also please to announce some additional exciting news for the oral history collection. Here’s a note from the 2015 Spring Newsletter, from Executive Director Dulce Kersting:
The Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho State Historical Society have generously made grant funds available to help jump-start our oral history program. As many of you will know, in the 1970s the Society conducted hundreds of interviews with Latah County pioneers, creating one of the richest oral history collections in the state of Idaho. In subsequent decades, however, far fewer oral histories have been added to our archives. New funding is allowing the Society to once again sit down with Latah County residents whose experiences are representative of life in the area or individuals whose recollections are evidence of unique events or perspectives. If you or someone you know might like to contribute to this program, I encourage you to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.882.1004. Our project happens to coincide with the University of Idaho’s launch of a brand new online resource that is bringing fresh attention to the Latah County Oral History Project conducted by the Society in the 1970s. Please be sure to visit www.lib.uidaho.edu/digital/lcoh to find digital recordings of the interviews, you won’t be disappointed.