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. Our partners include participating community members and organizations including the Commons at Central Hall, Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County, and the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society.
Each month, Voices from HOME hosts a recording event on a different theme at locations around the Heart of Maine region (Piscataquis County and neighboring communities). We provide recording equipment and interview guides to help you conduct a brief oral history interview with a family member, friend, or neighbor. With permission, your recording will be stored at the Thompson Free Library and shared via our online archive.
Voices from HOME also hosts storytelling programs and oral history workshops for those interested in contributing longer, more in-depth life history interviews to the project. These recordings may be used for educational programs and exhibits, and will serve as primary source documents to preserve our region’s history for use by students and other community members.
We hope that Voices from HOME grows to include other libraries and cultural heritage organizations across the Heart of Maine region. If you are interested in participating as an individual or organization, please contact Greta or Michelle at the Thompson Free Library.
Summer 2019 Events
- Saturday, July 27 from 4-6 pm: Share your summer and camp stories at Merrill’s Marina, Sebec Lake
- Thursday, August 1 at 7 pm: “Upta Camp” Story Slam at The Commons at Central Hall
- Tuesday, August 20 at 4:30 pm: Introduction to Oral History Workshop at the Monson Public Library
- Thursday, August 22-Sunday, August 25: Visit our booth at the Piscataquis Valley Fair
- 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
- Come to one of our themed recording events at different locations around the Heart of Maine.
- Visit the library with a friend or family member at any time to conduct a brief oral history interview.
- Bring in photographs or other historical documents to scan and add to our community archive.
- Check out recording equipment to conduct interviews at home.
- Contact the library if you would like to become a narrator and share your life story.
- Attend an oral history training to become a project interviewer.
- Consider becoming one of our featured artists. Get in touch if you are interested in submitting artwork for a monthly theme.