View of Davis Library’s Grounds around 2:45 PM Tuesday 10.15.13
The Office of Cultural Advancement at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College continues its work on Ohio River Tales, an oral history project aimed at collecting past and present stories of Appalachian culture and heritage—particularly those narratives associated with life along the Ohio River.
Today, Rio Grande alum Larry Rosen visited Davis Library to share tales of his student college years during the late 1960s –early 1970s. While attending classes, Rosen worked part-time at local radio station that covered the 1967 Silver Bridge Tragedy, one of initial focuses of the Ohio River Tales project.
|Mike Thompson, Instructional Media & Design Services (IDMS) Director and Rio Grande student Carole Armstong prepare Rio Grande alum Larry Rosen for his "Ohio River Tales" video-recording session at Davis Library|
His memories of that unfortunate event were recorded so that they could be added to an online collection that has already been established and made public through the Ohio River Tales Website, which is accessible through the Davis Library Home Page or directly at: ohiorivertales.rio.edu
Rosen also discussed his experiences protesting the Vietnam War on campus with Abbott (Abbie) Hoffman, a leading social activist and politician at the time who had staged a demonstration here just outside the Davis Library in 1969.
Ohio River Tales is currently expanding its oral history collections to include stories of local African-American heritage as well as recollections of Vietnam War era and its impact on our tri-state (Ohio/Kentucky/West Virginia) region.
The gathering of such accounts will be a continuous process and a number of recordings sessions are being scheduled both on campus and within the community in the coming weeks.
Do you have a story to share? If so, please contact Gregory A. Miller, Director of Cultural Advancement for the university at 1.800.281.7201, extension 7030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about Davis Library’s role in this digital initiative, please feel free to “Ask Us!”