What impression did the Glen Coal Mine Disaster leave on a seven year old who witnessed it? What role did a student leader at Shaw University play in the Civil Rights movement? What was life like on the home front in World War II for women taking on traditional male jobs? What is the role of place in a person’s life and memory?
These and many other themes are brought to life in captivating, personal stories found in David Cecelski’s “Listening to History” series, now included in NCpedia.
For ten years, historian David Cecelski’s monthly “Listening to History” series appeared in a Sunday edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. The oral history series included personal histories of important events as well as of daily life in North Carolina in different places and times. Photographs of the interviewees, many taken by the News & Observer’s Chris Seward, add an even deeper connection to the pieces. The series began as part of the “Listening for a Change” project supported through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program.
Through a collaboration between David Cecelski, the News & Observer, and the N.C. Government & Heritage Library, all of “Listening to History” pieces may now be found in NCpedia at http://ncpedia.org/listening-to-history/.
Take a look, and let us know what gems you find!