Monday, May 15, 2006

Oral histories to enhance Euclid Corridor

When completed, the Euclid Corridor Project currently underway will include 19 interactive oral history kiosks at 12 locations along the project, from Public Square to University Circle, giving RTA riders an opportunity to hear the stories of everyday Cleveland residents about the history of Cleveland and Euclid Avenue. Some 60 of a projected 300 interviews have been conducted by Cleveland State University History professors Mark Tebeau and Mark Souther and will eventually be made available at these innovative new kiosks, reports CSU's alumni magazine. ("Capturing Euclid Avenue's Past," Perspectives. Spring/Summer 2006 issue. Pages 2-3).


At 9:35 PM, Blogger stuart_spivack said...

What I've read suggests that these will be broadcast only. Wouldn't these be a great opportunity to collect oral history? Story Corps has oral history kiosks. One is in Grand Central Terminal. They have suggested scripts and advice on how to elicit interesting stories. Then people interview other people that they know. I think this would be a good idea for at least some of the kiosks in Cleveland.

In any case, I'm looking forward to it. It will be interesting anyway.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Bill Barrow said...

Drs. Tebeau and Souther are very active in collecting stories from people and I'm sure would be all for gathering information from RTA riders who want to respond to these stories broadcast at the kiosks. It's a matter of how to do it. You're right about the StoryCorps project and the professors are already looking into that project, as well as others, I know. Watch for more on oral histories, particularly the ambitious one we're planning for this summer's Cuyahoga County Fair, which I haven't reported on yet. Thanks for weighing in on this!


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