Window Seat Media and Senior Services are collaborating on an oral history project, called The Third Thirty, that gathers and shares stories from South Sound elders. Participants learn the art and practice of oral history, build their listening and interviewing skills, and consider the ethical issues of gathering and sharing other peoples’ stories. Each participant interviews a community member, transcribes the interview in full, and then edits the transcript into a short, cohesive story to be added to the collection.
In 2020, we have been collecting stories from South Sound elders who have contributed to the creative, socially engaged spirit of Olympia – from the arts to agriculture to public policy and community organizing. More specifically, we’re curious about those elders who were either living here or were drawn here between the late 1960s through the 1980s. The community went through a significant transformation during this time – from a community rooted in its place as the State Capitol, a transportation hub, and its traditional waterfront industry, to an incubator for creativity and social engagement that Olympia continues to celebrate as a central part of its identity today. We’re curious about what made this time so fertile, and how reflecting on this moment can help us understand who we are and how we want to live together in Olympia today. The project will culminate in a conversation series, in partnership with the City of Olympia, and an exhibit. The stories live on in the WSM archive. The project is funded by the Thurston County Heritage Grant Program and the City of Olympia.
No Cost. Grant Funded.
Thursdays, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.windowseatmedia.org.
Your Teacher: Elaine is a multimedia storyteller and educator. She loves working with the community to gather and share stories to spark conversation and deepen our understanding about ourselves and others. Elaine the Curator of Community-Based Storytelling at Window Seat Media and is an adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College and. Visit www.windowseatmedia.org to learn more.