Housing Narratives

photo credit: Murray Cox

We are pleased to present in partnership with Oral History Summer School, Housing Narratives; a conversation about community development and housing with multidisciplinary artist Walis Johnson and community organizer Sarita Daftary-Steel on July 1, 2017 at 10 am in the library’s community room.

Walis Johnson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in a conversation about race and the history of the 1938 Red Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city. This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.

Sarita Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, a project designed to capture the experiences of East New York residents who lived in the neighborhood during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.
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Community Stories: Free Oral History Workshops Wednesdays July 31 and August 7 from 5:30-8:30pm

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In this two-part workshop, community members will learn how to preserve community stories through oral history recording. Led by Oral History Summer School Founder/Director, Suzanne Snider, the two workshop sessions will be held on Wednesdays, July 31 and August 7 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Hudson Area Library.

This workshop will give residents a chance to help preserve Hudson’s rich history through the stories and memories of their neighbors, family, and friends. Participants will be introduced to the basic principles and practice of oral history, including the art of the interview, getting good sound, ethical/legal issues, and discussion of how oral history differs from a journalistic approach. Between workshop sessions, participants will go into the field to collect stories. Library staff will be available for technical assistance with the audio recorders during Library hours. This workshop will be of special interest for family historians, bloggers, radio producers, and those interested in local history. Oral histories produced during the workshop will be included in an audio archive in the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. 

No experience is necessary. Registration is required as space is limited. Participants are encouraged to attend both workshop sessions. Call the Hudson Area Library for more information and to register at 518-828-1792. All library programs are free and open to the public.

This program is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts. The library’s History Room Committee initiated the History Room Oral History Archive project with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and individual donors.

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