View of New York City from the 14th Floor of Baruch Vertical Campus

Oral History Project Webspace

People say that talking to your plants can make them grow, and the same is true for community trees. Oral history is a technique for generating and preserving original, historically interesting information – primary source material – from personal recollections through planned recorded interviews. It is important for us to recognize and acknowledge community members, family elders, and mentors that carry history/ies that are worthy of being shared and deserving of further exploration. 

Students will create a digital “cajita” inspired by an oral history interview and personal artifact from interviewee. Students will curate their own archive based on stories from a member of their community. For this project, students will conduct an interview/planned conversation to collect oral history from a member within their community based on an artifact. The interviewee will share an artifact in the form of a photo, video, or physical item of their choice and retell the story/significance of the artifact in an interview/conversation with the student. The artifact will serve as the foundation of the interview/conversation – this way, dialogue can flow naturally between both parties. Students will upload the audio/visual interview, along with a 350 word rationale/description of the conversation, and a digital “cajita” to our class’ Blogs @ Baruch webpage. 

This is a creative project! So, be creative!!