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Gloucester County Offers History Workshop College Professor to teach how to record oral history while helping to preserve Woodbury heritage

(Woodbury, NJ) -- The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that a one-day 'how-to' workshop on oral history with a special focus on historic Woodbury will be offered this summer.

Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said, "Oral histories are a way to record history in a new light. The end result is a personal and insightful picture of the past." Sweeney explained, "This workshop will teach participants specific steps to obtaining and recording an oral history while utilizing the Woodbury community as a real life example." Sweeney said that Jack Green, direct descendant of Colonel Green of Woodbury has been invited to participate in this workshop."

Oral history uses recorded conversations to create an eyewitness account of a persons life, a historic event, or of a community. This workshop will give a hands-on introduction to creating an oral history including equipment uses and practicing interviews. This workshop will show that oral history is a powerful means of recording and preserving the unique memories and life experiences of people whose stories might otherwise be lost.

"Written history is often times subject to the perceptions and opinions of the author. Oral histories enable us to tap into events, feelings, attitudes and ways of life of the people who lived it. These views of history would not necessarily make it to the history books but are relevant and important just the same," says Frank J. DiMarco, Freeholder Liaison to the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The workshop will be lead by Dr. Lisa Rosner, a professor of History at Richard Stockton College. Dr. Rosner directs the Oral History Project at the college. She received her BA from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from John Hopkins University. Her oral history interviews include World War II veterans, science writers and Nobel Prize Laureates.

Add One History Workshop July 19, 2005

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Woodbury Mews, which is located at the intersection of Green and East Barber Avenues in Woodbury.

Because of limited space, pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, July 27th. A light lunch will be included. To register or for further information, please contact the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission by email at or by phone at 856-384-6889.

The Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission, an agency under the auspices of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Woodbury Neighborhood Preservation are sponsoring the workshop. Woodbury Mews is hosting this event.