Historical Commission Sponsors Oral History Program For Students

LIBERTY, March 24, 2016 - The Liberty County Historical Commission invites all seventh grade students of Devers, Hull-Daisetta, Hardin, Dayton, Tarkington, Cleveland, and Liberty middle schools to interview a senior citizen who grew up in Liberty County.  Our goal is to preserve first-hand accounts of what life was like in Liberty County during the early to middle 1900s.

The interview should be videoed in a comfortable, informal setting, with a phone or digital device and submitted to the student’s Social Studies Teacher.  The length of the interview should range between 10 and 30 minutes.  Students can get sample questions by doing an internet search for “questions to ask the elderly.”  Also, it may be helpful for the person being interviewed to review the questions before the actual recording and highlight the questions that they deem most appropriate.  Seniors may show and discuss old photos during the interview if they wish.

When completed, the teacher will forward the interviews to the Liberty County Historical Commission for review at lchc318@gmail.com or at the LCHC office, 318 San Jacinto Street in Liberty.  The deadline for oral history submission is April 15th. Each participating student and each senior citizen will receive a certificate of recognition for their participation in this oral history endeavor and be honored at a special evening event in Liberty, this May or June, exact date, time and place to be announced.  At the awards ceremony, all participants will be asked to stand and be recognized, and one child/senior pair from each school will be featured by showing excerpts from their interview to the audience.  All interviews will be compiled and submitted to our public libraries and school libraries for preservation. 

Seventh grade students and teachers, please join our oral history project, “Growing Up in Liberty County.”  It will be fun and educational and we will all learn something of our past history from one of our most precious assets, senior citizens!  For more information on this project, please call the Liberty County Historical Commission at 936-334-5813 or email: lchc318@gmail.com .

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