Friday, March 6, 2009

Cedar Mill & Sunset High collaborate on Immigrant Oral Histories

photo, Gloria RiveraCedar Mill Community Library has posted its first oral history project podcast. The first interview, with Philippine immigrant Gloria Rivera, is now live. Podcasts will be updated weekly.

These interviews on the immigration experienceties in with the Oregon’s sesquicentennial and the statewide Oregon Reads project. They will be added to the library’s permanent local history collection.

The Oregon Reads project encourages Oregonians to read Stubborn Twig, Bat 6, or Apples to Oregon — books with an immigrant theme.

Community members who have immigrated, or have family members who immigrated, were invited to share their stories. Under the direction of Sunset High School history teacher Matt Hiefield, students interviewed and recorded the participants’ stories.

Cedar Mill librarian Mark Richardson then edited and posted the stories as podcasts on the library’s website.

The response has been very positive.

The library anticipates a gradual roll-out, posting one oral history per week on the website over the next two months.