Rochester Public Library shares new oral history project
ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -
There's a new way to learn about the history of the Rochester area -- from the residents' perspectives.
Rochester Public Library and the Olmsted History Center collaborated to create the "Our Community, Our Stories" project.
Thanks to a grant, the library bought a sound booth and other equipment, and 12 members of the community were then selected to record their oral histories.
On Sunday afternoon the public got to meet the people behind those stories.
People like Ray Lundquist, who moved to Rochester in 1967 and got to reconnect with his Native American roots.
"I found out they had a Native American Center," Lundquist said. "And I thought, 'Well, there's an opportunity to learn about my heritage because I'm fourth-generation. They taught me how to sing and how to dance and drum in the Indian community."
"I think for us to understand who we are as a community, the more voices that we have contributing to that understanding, the better," said Kim Edson, from the Rochester Public Library.