Mary Pat Dunn: Capturing memories

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To the editor:

According to Dan Davidson and Jan Gerber, of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, an exciting new summer project gets underway this week in Moffat County. Two interns will spend several weeks creating an oral history project centering on people who have experienced the growth and changes in the region throughout the 20th century. Upon completion, the students will present the museum with digital files, which will form the nucleus for an archive of more than 100 oral histories.

The two students, trained in oral history methodology, are looking forward to interviewing people willing to share their viewpoints concerning the transformations seen in the area during the past 100 years. For instance, issues involving agricultural and community development and oil and gas impacts might be addressed in the interviews. The museum staff will assist the two interns in setting themes and research strategies for the interviews, as well as collaborate between the students and interviewees.


This exciting project, long overdue, will capture the viewpoints of a large cross-section of Moffat County’s population. Gerber stressed that those being sought for these interviews do not necessarily need to be “old-timers.” Any resident who has been involved in the community at large, whether in a professional capacity or simply as a local citizen, is being sought to contribute to this valuable project.

With such a short window of opportunity, Davidson and Gerber are urging residents from all walks of life in the area to call the museum to be added to the interview schedule. Response by local people is vital to the successful outcome of this program. From a historical standpoint, the memories and opinions captured for this project will provide an incredible firsthand glimpse for future generations into changes and development in the region throughout the 20th century.

To find out more about this project, contact Davidson or Gerber at the Museum of Northwest Colorado at 970-824-6360, museumnwco@moffatcounty.net or drop by the museum during business hours Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mary Pat Dunn

Registrar at the Museum of Northwest Colorado

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