Voices from HOME is a community-based oral history project coordinated by the Thompson Free Library and funded by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.
Voices from HOME provides recording equipment and interview guides to help you conduct interviews with family members, friends, and neighbors. It also hosts recording events, storytelling programs, and oral history workshops around the Heart of Maine region (Piscataquis County and neighboring communities). Recordings collected by the Voices from HOME project are stored at the Thompson Free Library and shared via our online archive for use by students and other community members.
- Connect community members across generations and experiences through the act of sharing and listening to stories.
- Explore the past, present, and future of life in the Heart of Maine.
- Create an online archive to preserve our region’s history for use by students and other community members.
Ways to get involved:
- Contribute recordings, photographs, or other historical documents to our online community archive.
- Come to one of our story slams or themed recording events at different locations around the Heart of Maine.
- Check out a recording kit to interview a friend or family member at home.
- Attend an oral history training to become a project interviewer.
- Contact the library if you would like to share your life story!
- Saturday, July 27, 2019: Share your summer and camp stories at Merrill’s Marina, Sebec Lake
- Thursday, August 1, 2019: “Upta Camp” Story Slam at The Commons at Central Hall
- Tuesday, August 20, 2019: Introduction to Oral History Workshop at the Monson Public Library
- Thursday, August 22-Sunday, August 25, 2019: Visit our booth at the Piscataquis Valley Fair
- Friday, Feb 21, 2020: “Changes” Story Slam at Center Coffee House/Spruce Mill Farm
Listen to audio from our Feb 21, 2020 Story Slam on the theme “Changes”:
Themed Interview Guides
- April 2019: Roots
- May 2019: Moms & Proms
- June 2019: Dads & Grads
- July 2019: Upta Camp
- August 2019: Blue Ribbons
- November 2019: Blessed in Bounty
- April 2019: Michelle Fagan [jpg]
- May 2019: Trisha Smith [jpg]
- July 2019: Lydia Rose Spencer [jpg]
- November 2019: Bruce Towl [jpg]
- February 2020: Merrilee Shoen [jpg]