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Oral History - Capturing Arizona's Stories

How many of us remember sitting down next to our grandparents, parents, or family members and hearing the stories of the olden days? As we tell our children the stories of our lives, they learn about their family, our world, and how they fit into it. Oral history and storytelling programs can help create individual and community relationships through the learning and sharing of experiences. What could be more important than that?

Capturing Arizona's Stories aim is to introduce Arizonans to oral histories and promote their use in the community. While there are hundreds of historical moments that have occurred in Mohave County, very few people within our communities have had an opportunity to hear them in oral form. For many, hearing the stories from those who were in the events, takes the history into a whole new realm.

Mohave County Library was offered an opportunity to be a grant participant in Capturing Arizona's Stories this year. Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, library staff and history enthusiasts formed an Oral History Committee and have been collecting stories from the Mohave County area. It has been an interesting process! We learned how to encourage participation and had the privilege to hear the stories as they were recorded. The items were shipped to the Arizona State Library, and they made the items available online and created a transcript of the audio interviews. Now we are getting ready for the next step in the process - making the oral history materials available to check out at your local library. In the process of printing and making these materials available, we need the help of local artists!

A Capturing Arizona's Stories, Oral History Cover Contest.

Start Date: September 2, 2011

The contest will be open to all Mohave County Artists (all ages) who would like to submit their artwork and have it published as a cover for a bound book of the oral history materials to be available for checkout at your local Library. All Artwork needs to be submitted as a 7-1/2 x 10 in dimension and will need to be submitted by November 4, 2011.

Keywords to consider when creating your art submission:

Arizona History

Mohave County

Community

Generations

Change

Stories

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