Oral History Project
The Avon Lake Life Oral History Project came to life in 2008 as a partnership between the Avon Lake Public Library and Avon Lake Community Television, a department of the City of Avon Lake. Fran Fisher, then the manager of ALC-TV, and Gerry Vogel, ALPL Assistant Director, had the same idea around the same time and began working together. The project grew out of a desire to preserve stories of Avon Lake.
The mission of the Avon Lake Life Oral History Project is to document the events and experiences of individuals in Avon Lake, well-known and not, to fill in gaps in the community record and build a base for future research and current awareness of our community’s history.
Our interviews with community members focus on how life in Avon Lake has changed over the years. We want to have records of multiple people talking about the same topics. We take an interest in the story of each community member interviewed, but try to cover specific topics related to life in Avon Lake.
Topics that are asked about in the interviews include, but are not limited to:
- When family moved to Avon Lake
- Location of childhood/current home
- Schools attended & teachers
- School-related athletics & activities
- Family activities
- Community events (4th of July, Memorial Day, Homecoming, Sesquicentennial)
- Childhood hang outs
- Transportation (cars, Interurban)
- Medical services in Avon Lake
- Food: farms, orchards, wineries
- Recreation activities during the year
- Community organization involvement
- Famous people in Avon Lake
- How the community has changed over the years
- Shifts in the center of town (locations of drug stores, grocery stores, libraries, restaurants, and other commercial properties over the years)
- Major national events and impact on community and daily life
There are many ways for community members to get involved with the Avon Lake Life Oral History Project.
We are continuing to seek members of the community who are willing to share their memories and stories of growing up in Avon Lake. There are several options available for interviews, such as being interviewed with a friend you grew up with or your spouse. Interviews are video recorded, and DVD copies of interviews are kept in the ALC-TV studio and ALPL, with participants receiving a free DVD copy that can be shared with their family and friends.
Do you have old photographs of community scenes or your family at community events? In the future we want to combine photos with our interviews for short shows and documentaries that will be shown on the ALC-TV Public Access channel.
We can assist with scanning your photographs, news clippings, and other printed documents. Contact us for more information about this service.