The Moore Free Library in Newfane is pleased to announce a “Community Memory” project, which will collect audio recordings of stories, anecdotes, recollections and thoughts of people who live or have lived in Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane and Brookline. The recordings (along with scanned photos, diaries, and letters) will be shared on an easy-to-use website. This two-year project is a partnership between the library, the Historical Society of Windham County, Senior Solutions, Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Vermont Folklife Center and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
Telling and listening to stories has a rich tradition in Vermont, and is a way to connect with others during a time when many feel isolated. Community members can volunteer for this project in a variety of ways. Some people may wish to become interviewers, speaking with and making audio recordings of their friends and family members or with people they’ve never met before. Some people may wish to be interviewed or to record themselves telling their own story without an interviewer. Some people may want to be involved on the technical level, by scanning old photos or letters or diaries or by working to upload audio and photo files to the web site. You do not have to be a longtime resident to participate!