Digital Minot recording oral histories at Downtown Minot Fall Festival
Rather than simply present their research for Digital Minot, a web-based museum and archive, Minot State University student interns will conduct an oral history session at the Downtown Minot Fall Festival Saturday (Aug. 17), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"It's a great experience for our interns working in public history and gives the public a chance to share what they know about Minot and the surrounding region," said Amy Lisner, project coordinator. "We welcome anyone to share their memories. We can record five minutes or 55 minutes, and it can be on any topic on the history of Minot, Minot State University and the surrounding region."
As Minot and the surrounding community continue to grow, space concerns are often prioritized over preservation and result in the demolition of historic structures and the disappearance of records. To preserve these memories and allow MSU history students to practice their future profession within a local setting, Bethany Andreasen, history professor, established Digital Minot in 2012. The Digital Minot team collaborated with local agencies and took Minot's history out of storage rooms and boxes, uploading materials and records spanning more than a century to display the region's vibrant past on the Web. Through Digital Minot, the public has access to historical photos, postcards, newspaper articles, advertisements, scholarly journals, legal documents, oral histories and biographies. The Digital Minot website can be found through the history department homepage, history.minotstateu.edu, or at http://digitalminot.minotstateu.edu/omeka.
For questions, contact Lisner at firstname.lastname@example.org.