|On November 9th, Wes Jones spoke to the Chichester Historical Society about his experiences with recording oral
histories. He expressed that no hard and fast rules exist but there is a delicate balance between allowing the person interviewed to ramble thus evoking more memories and "sticking to the script" of more direct questioning.
Find a quiet spot and make sure you have at least 90 minutes of available recording time and be aware that older people often speak softly so place the micrphone close to the speaker were other tips he offered. He recommended recording the time, date, and location as well as the name of the interviewee at the beginning of the tape.
Wes played excerpts of tapes he has made of citizens no longer with us and donated copies of 8 interviews to the society. These copies will be available to the public for playing at the museum.
Elections were held prior to the program. Elected were:
Richard Pratt, Pres
Berndt Reinhardt, Vice Pres
Fred Shaw, Secretary,
Elizabeth Collins, Treas