Recording and preserving the spoken histories of Greater Cincinnati's people is the goal of a CET
effort called "Capturing The Voices … An Oral Histories Project." The project just got a $45,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, $20,000 of which came from the Abraham, Katie, Eleanor and Natalie Feld Memorial Fund, a field of interest fund of the GCF. Capturing The Voices wants to gather the insights of people from all facets of the community, including those who have an impact on business, religion, government, social services, medicine, education, the arts and philanthropy. Those who are pioneers and have contributed to these fields will be interviewed by CET, Cincinnati's public media resource, and those conversations will become available to the world by way of on-demand video at CETconnect.org. "Students and others can always read about history, but imagine being able to hear history-makers speak about their experiences in their own words," says CET President Susan Howarth. "These interviews will be a great resource for our communities for centuries to come." The project is an extension of the personal histories of local World War II veterans that CET recorded in conjunction with the 2007 broadcast of Ken Burns’ "The War."
Writer: David Holthaus
Source: Katie Weitkamp, CET