Monroe County Oral History Index
A requirement in Dr. DeVries' History 155 class has every student recording, on audio or video cassette, a 30 minute interview with one or more persons at least 65 years of age. The interviewee could be a relative, close family friend, or an individual assigned by Dr. DeVries.
After recording the interview, the student is required to transcribe and type the entire conversation verbatim. Topics of possible discussion include:
World War I
Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Etc.)
World War II
Important Personalities in One's Life
How One Came to Settle in Monroe
In those instances where the interview is regarded as especially excellent, Dr. DeVries will request permission to record the tape and copy the transcript to be placed in the Monroe County Library's Monroe Collection housed at the Ellis branch. When this occurs, a release must be obtained by from both the interviewer and the interviewee.
Back to Monroe Oral History Index