Grant Park Oral History Project

Transcription Volunteers Needed

Neighborhood History
Author: Jef Blocker

The Grant Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) Historical Committee needs volunteers to assist with transcribing recorded interviews for our oral history project.

"We have started collecting oral histories from long-time residents and former residents of the neighborhood. Their personal recollections give us unique insights into the cultural history of Grant Park and the city," said Historical Committee Chair, Jeff McCord.

GPNA volunteers have already recorded several interviews. We now need other volunteers to listen to the cassettes and to transcribe the recordings so that a written record can be maintained.

This is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents or home business owners to donate their time to this great cause. The only equipment required is a computer with word processing software and a tape recorder. Volunteers can
work at their own pace and set their own hours. Transcribed documents may be sent to the GPNA Historical Committee via e-mail or delivered on a diskette. Once the interviews are transcribed, selected interviews will be posted on the GPNA website.

Over the past year, the GPNA Historical Committee has produced a home history workshop, the 2003 Postcards from the Park calendar and collected ghost stories and legends from the Grant Park area. Future projects include another home history workshop, an online history project and a homecoming to coincide with the Tour of Homes in September. The GPNA Historical meets from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month.

For further information, please contact Jeff McCord at (404) 622-4441 or email.