MN Center for Book ArtsPhotos courtesy of Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Oral histories capture an individual’s story. When several histories together recall a place, period or event, those memories inform broader historical and cultural contexts. Oral history projects can comprise a few conversations, or they can expand to offer a number of individuals’ reflections along with transcriptions, related historical documentation, photos, and other scanned materials—bringing history alive for present and future visitors and researchers.

With support from a Minnesota Historical Society grant, I created, managed and produced Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ 30th Anniversary Oral History project. Working with a videographer I conducted nineteen conversations with individuals who helped to start and nurture MCBA throughout its first thirty years. The videotaped conversations are accompanied by my transcriptions and extensive related information. MCBA has devoted a webpage to the project, found at mnbookarts.org, under Exhibitions and Events.


Betty Bright with Paulette Myers-Rich
Betty Bright with Paulette Myers-Rich