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“Remembering Akron” Project to capture the stories of the town and it’s people


Do you remember those stories Granddad use to tell? Or the tales of World War II in France that Uncle Bob would tell? Maybe you recall Grandma spinning yarns about her childhood on the prairie. Unfortunately, all too often, we lose those stories when we don’t write them down or record them and then cannot pass them to the next generation.
This summer the folks at the Akron C. Dee Wright Community Ctr. intend to capture these stories before they are lost. Through a series of interviews, beginning July 16 th , the “Remembering Akron/Newstead Project” will create a collection of podcasts that will subsequently be made available to the public.

Through the auspices of the Akron C. Dee Wright Community Center, and a generous grant from an anonymous donor, the project will feature interviews conducted by Genesee Community College history professor Derek Maxfield. Each interview will be recorded, turned into a podcast and then uploaded to a website hosted by the community center for the public to access and enjoy. The podcasts will also be archived for future generations.

While many of the interviews will be scheduled in advance, the community center will host a project Open House on Saturday, July 27 th , from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On that day, folks are invited to bring in their parent, grandparent or anyone with stories they would like captured. Interviews will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person interviewed will receive a copy of the recording as a keepsake as well as a photo of the interview with Prof. Maxfield.

Over the course of the summer, the Remember Akron/Newstead Project hopes to collect 15 to 20 interviews and subsequently have the podcasts available by the end of August. Anyone interested in being interviewed or anyone that knows someone that they would like interviewed, may contact Walt Rosonowski roso6085@aol.com at the C. Dee Wright Community Center or Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.