DETROIT HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS METRO DETROITERS’ STORIES FOR ORAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS

DETROIT-  As part of its award-winning Detroit 67 Project, the Detroit Historical Society launched an oral history project to collect more than 500 firsthand accounts of the summer of 1967, the largest archive ever assembled on the topic. Now, the Society has expanded its oral history efforts with two ongoing projects:

For Neighborhoods: Where Detroit Lives, the Society seeks current and former Detroit residents, as well as business owners and employees, to record their experiences in different areas of the city. As the city changes, these personal stories will ensure that the character of Detroit’s many enclaves is preserved. The project is supported by Michigan Humanities and PNC Bank.
For Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of COVID-19, the Society seeks Metro Detroiters’ firsthand experiences with the current pandemic. Whether confronting social, economic, educational or health challenges, everyone has a story from the past year. Help others to learn more about this moment in history by contributing to the archive. This project is supported by the generosity of Sarah and Chip McClure.
What is an oral history? Oral history is the collection of history through recorded interviews of people with firsthand experiences of events. Every story adds perspective and context to Detroit’s history and none are too “small” to contribute.

Find more information and prompts to guide your submission at oralhistory.detroithistorical.org. Audio recordings or written stories can be sent through the website. Interested participants may also call 313-833-7912 or email [email protected] to schedule a one-on-one interview with an oral historian.

 

Neighborhoods
Detroit Responds