Oral History Transcriptions
An important aspect of the Aitkin County Historical Society is gathering information from the people who are a part of the history of our area. We call this our "oral history program." We remain consciously aware that the elderly people in our area have a wealth of information from their experience and from their parents' and grandparents' experiences. To lose this information would be losing part of our history.
The truly important and most interesting history is of the common working people, not just the follies of the rich and famous. It is important that we get firsthand memories and reminiscences from the people who experienced it. It is essential that we document the abundance of information while it is available. We have a list of people who are second and third generation from this area. We have a need for people who would be interested in interviewing these people. It's a very enjoyable and fascinating experience.
These interviews can be written or we have audio and video equipment available. We are confident that there are people out there who would really enjoy getting involved in this project. We need your help. Anyone who has an interest and would enjoy conducting interviews can contact the Depot Museum. We will provide complete instructions and interviewing tips to help you get started. We are continuously adding names to our list of people to be interviewed from throughout the entire county. Please help us gather this wealth of important historical information. - Mary Rea, past administrator of the ACHS.
Below is a list of the histories that have been transcribed from recorded interviews. If you would like to listen to the recordings, stop into the Depot Museum and we will set you up to listen to them.