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 will be 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.
Themed Interview Guides
Ways to get involved:
- 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.
- Contribute recordings, photographs, or other materials to our online community archive.
- 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
- Friday, Apr 17, 2020: “Emergency” Story Slam via Zoom
- Friday, May 22, 2020: “Together” Story Slam via Zoom
- Friday, Jul 24, 2020: “Free” Story Slam via Zoom
- Friday, Oct 23, 2020: “Rise” Story Slam via Zoom
- Friday, Jan 22, 2021 “Hindsight” Story Slam via Zoom
- April 2019: Michelle Fagan [jpg]
- May 2019: Trisha Smith [jpg]
- July 2019: Lydia Rose Spencer [jpg]
- November 2019: Bruce Towl [jpg]
- February 2020: Merrilee Schoen [jpg]
Listen to audio from our Feb 21, 2020 Story Slam on the theme “Changes”: