Queens Residents Invited To Preserve Their Prescious Memories
Longtime residents of Queens will have the chance to tell their story.
StoryCorps, a national oral history project hopes to capture some of those vital memories of people and families who have lived in the borough for generations.
The program is part of a larger effort to collect the contemporary history of Queens through interviews, photos, keepsakes and other items in an online digital archive known as the Queens Memory Project.
The Queens Memory Project Director Natalie Milbrodt, seen here with Queens Historical Society Executive Director Merisa Berman (right), has spent almost two years interviewing people and helping craft the website, queensmemory.org, which was launched in the Winter of 2011.
"It will be a resource and a tool for people who live in Queens and have questions," she said. "It will also build relationships between stories and images and people of different generations."
The Memory Project is a collaboration between Queens College and the Queens Library to help make their vast archives of photos and papers more accessible through the Internet.
"One of the things we have not documented in Queens is the voice," said John Hyslop, digital assets manager at the Archives at Queens Library. "We've got the written documentation. We have books and pictures, but we don't have that oral documentation - and that's definitely what StoryCorps and the Queens Memory Project will add."
It also will include the personal experiences of local residents, who are being asked to add their thoughts and materials.
For those who want to participate can visit the Queens Memory Project website, www.queensmemory.org or e-mail Milbrodt at Natalie.Milbrodt@qc.cuny.edu.
"This project will go a long way in restoring our collective memories and depositing them in one place, available to visitors from near and far who are eager to discover Queens and its vital role in the creation and always-evolving City of New York," Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said.