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Posted on: May 13, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Mt. Airy 125th Anniversary - Oral History Collection Day

The Town of Mount Airy is recording interviews with Mt. Airy residents to commemorate the Town's 125th Anniversary this year! We want to hear from you on what you experienced in the Town from your early days to today! We'd like to get people from a variety of ages for this special video!

Interviews will be conducted in Town Hall on May 18, 2019 from 10AM - 2PM in two rooms for 30-minute segments. Please call Melissa Thorn to book your interview at 301-829-1424. There will be one interviewer per room with the following sample questions:

1). Describe the Mount Airy — when you grew up. What was it like? How has it changed over the years? What brought about these changes? What did people do for a living? What do they do now?What is your earliest memory of Mount Airy?

2). What are/were your neighbors like? What kinds of local gatherings and events are there? What stories and memories come to mind? What did you do for fun in Mt. Airy in the past?

3). What is the biggest change you have seen in your area over the years?  What are some of the traditions of the town?  Tell me about a town resident you looked up to when you were growing up. What businesses were around when you were growing up that may be gone now? What was special about them?

4). Where are the best spots to hangout in Mt. Airy today?

5). Where are the best places to eat?

6). Have you belonged to any Civic or Religious Organizations in Town?

7). What was/is going to school in Mount Airy like?

8). If you had to describe Mount Airy to someone who has never been to our Town, what would you say? Where would you recommend that they visit while they are here?

9). Do you attend Mount Airy events? Can you describe a fun experience that you had?

10). Elaborate on old stories! How have historical events affected your family and community? For example, what were some of your experiences during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement?

11). What makes this area so special? How do you think the town will change in the next 10, 50, 100 years?  What are your hopes for the town? 

Each interviewer will be contacted prior to the day to discuss questions and content. The final product will include individual interviews, as well as a separate 5-7 minute compilation video. The Town of Mt. Airy may provide still photos, videos or historical documents to enhance the compilation video. Links to the individual interviews and the compilation video will be shared on the Town of Mount Airy website and/or social platforms. In addition, the Community Media Center will add the interview videos to the Carroll County History Project’s online archive and broadcast them on Channel 19. The compilation video can also be broadcast on Channel 23 as part of Mt. Airy’s 125th Anniversary commemoration. Please call Melissa to book your interview at 301-829-1424. 

Thank you for the opportunity to help celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Town of Mt. Airy. We are excited about being a part of this project and look forward to working with you.

 

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