Ephrata Public Library’s Community Memory Project

Why not start something similar in your own community?

Ephrata (PA) Public Library is recording the local stories of 2012 as part of its “Community Memory Project.”  The staff is interviewing patrons and establishing an oral history record of how people have experienced the year.  Penny Talbert, the director of the library, is encouraging local people to tell their stories in the hopes that it will encourage community, civility, and compassion.

Learn more about it from Megan Lello’s story for WITF.

This is a wonderful idea. I have read very little about public libraries as venues for public history, but what the Ephrata Library is doing seems to be an obvious use of the staff’s time and resources. I hope more libraries pursue such community memory projects and consider staffing their libraries with at least one librarian who has some public history credentials.  Public libraries are great places to tell the story of a local community.


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