Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oral Histories Highlight Our May Meeting

If you want to get something done, ask a busy person... That expression definitely fits our next monthly speaker -- Jane Martin, currently the president of the Harwich Historical Society, is a very busy woman. Besides her involvement in the historical society, she also is a member of
and is an avid gardener in her own yard, in her spare time.

A retired educator and public school administrator from Melrose, she retired to Harwich in 2004 and originally joined the Harwich Historical Society the following year. Besides being the organization president, Jane is also responsible for Educational Outreach and, beginning in 2008, she has been developing oral history protocols.  It is the oral history project that brings her to Cape Cod Genealogical Society.

Jane will be sharing with us how she got started recording interviews with a number of  residents of Harwich and how these oral histories are being used to enhance the programs and exhibits of the Brooks Academy Museum. She will also make recommendations for protocols for us to use when interviewing our own relatives for our family stories.

Be sure to join us for this informative presentation on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 10 AM at the .
Brewster Ladies Library.


  1. This is a great idea. I so wish I had thought to interview the elders in my family while they were alive. A lost opportunity to get the real facts.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly!! Most of those who were willing to talk passed away before I got interested in interviewing them. My mother and her sisters were unwilling to discuss anything. My goal now is to begin talking to MY generation, so their stories can be passed along.