Since 2012 Kingston Frontenac Public Library has been recording audio interviews with residents of Frontenac County and the City of Kingston for posting on our StoryMe blog at www.kfpl.ca/storyme . Participants are asked to bring along an old photo or small object, which we scan and return immediately, to use as a talking point for the interview. Those photos or artifacts may be of historical interest or just significant personally to the participant; we don’t ask that they relate specifically to the history of Kingston/Frontenac.
Within a week of the interview each participant is sent online links to the interview so that they may share their reminiscences with family and friends. The photos and audio interviews are published online in two places: first an edited version of the interview, about three minutes long, is posted with the photo on the KFPL StoryMe blog and second, the photo and the complete interview, of whatever length, are posted on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org . All the full-length interviews may be found at https://archive.org/search.
Until now we have recorded the interviews at a library branch or at community programs where the library has a presence, but recently we have been awarded a Seniors Community Grant to allow us to expand the program to seniors, particularly those outside of the City of Kingston. Between July 2016 and February 2017 we will be able to visit long-term care homes and retirement residences and collect interviews from seniors who may be unable to come to a library branch. We have already begun contacting activities directors at those facilities to schedule interviews with their residents.
We would also like to reach seniors who are not residents of such facilities and so we are contacting organizations and clubs who might have senior members. My late father (William V. Hall) was a member of your club and so I thought of contacting you. Would there be Signallers or Linemen in the City of Kingston or Frontenac County who might be interested in participating? Perhaps some would like to talk not just about their own family history but also (or instead!) about the early days of the Signals Corps and the Signallers’ Club. We would be happy to send our interviewer out to a meeting or other activity to interview anyone interested. All that is needed is a quiet spot where we can sit down one-on-one for twenty to thirty minutes, where we can minimize background noise on the recording – perhaps at the C & E Museum. If participants are able to complete a copy of the attached Permission Form ahead of time we can quickly scan the photo or object, then settle down to an interview. We can schedule more than one visit if there is enough interest.
I am attaching a copy of our brochure and Permission Form. If you’d prefer I can send large-print versions. I do hope we can include at least a few Signallers and Linemen in our StoryMe oral history program.
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Librarian, Programming & Outreach
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
130 Johnson Street
Kingston ON K7L 1X8
fax: (613) 549-8476