Monroe County Oral History Index

Over 200 oral histories of Monroe County residents have been accumulated through the combined efforts of Professor James DeVries of the Monroe Community College and the Monroe County Library System.

A requirement in Dr. DeVries’ History class at the Monroe County Community College was for each student to record, on audio or video cassette, a 30 minute interview with one or more persons at least 65 years of age. The interviewee could be a relative, close family friend, or an individual assigned by Dr. DeVries. After recording the interview, the student was required to transcribe and type the entire conversation verbatim. Topics of possible discussion included:

Immigration Experience Radio
Immigrants Recreation
World War I Sports
Prohibition Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Etc.)
Minority Groups Government
Women’s Roles The Depression
Family World War II
Work Korean War
Schools Important Personalities in One’s Life
Churches Family Traditions
Transportation How One Came to Settle in Monroe
Movies Merchants
Social Life Newton Strike
Community Legends Local Color

In those instances where the interview is regarded as especially excellent, Dr. DeVries requested permission to place a copy of the recording and transcript in the Monroe County Library Local History Collection housed at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. To be placed in the collection a release must be obtained by both the interviewer and the interviewee.

Recognized as historically priceless, the information contained within these histories was restricted due to the absence of a subject/surname index.

The index you are about to access is a culmination of approximately six months work by staff of the Monroe County Library System and volunteer Karen Stoll. Now, historians, genealogists, researchers, and the general public have access to these tales and treasures of 19th an 20th century Monroe County, its surrounding areas, and American History.

Businesses A-K, L-Z Organizations
Churches Parks
Cities, Towns, and Villages Restaurants
Entertainment Schools
Government Surnames A-M, N-Z
History Transportation
Local Flavor Waters
Oral History Participants  

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