If you’re an original or former West End resident who is willing to participate in this oral history campaign, please send an email with the subject line “Oral History Videos” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to state your name (including maiden name, if applicable, and how it is spelled).
If you’re able to drop by the Museum to be recorded, please indicate that, so we can reply to arrange an interview time.
If you live out of state or otherwise cannot make it to the Museum but are willing to record your own video, please do so and attach the video file to your email along with a still photo of you (if possible).
Being filmed at the Museum or submitting your own video does not guarantee its use. By being filmed or submitting a video, however, you grant The West End Museum permission to edit and use it on the Museum website and to promote it via social media and other Museum communications.
Guidance on Video Submissions
- Please keep the total length of your video to four minutes or less.
- Be sure to speak slowly and clearly.
- Please begin your video by stating:
- Your name (including maiden name, if applicable)
- Years you lived in the West End
- At what address/es
- Your family members (including their names and, for siblings, if they were older or younger)
- Try to speak to the heart and sensory elements of your memories — the sights, smells, sounds, etc.
- Possible topics include:
- Recollections of holidays/special occasions, family and/or friends, routine goings-on in the community
- Which schools you attended (grade levels; locations within the West End; favorite subjects, teachers, extra-curricular activities)
- Organizations with which you were involved (e.g., Elizabeth Peabody House, West End House) and your favorite clubs/activities, peers and adults with whom you interacted
- Neighborhood stores/shops and the kind of places they were, owners or people who worked there
- Memories of the “urban renewal” period such as what you recall being told about it, how you and your family dealt with it, demolition you witnessed, where you relocated to and why
- What it was like returning to the neighborhood for the first time in later years
- Your ethnic background and thoughts on how people of different ethnicities got along
in the community