The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center is located at Berkshire Community College’s main campus in Pittsfield, MA. Created to serve nonprofit, heritage-based organizations, businesses, municipalities, educational institutions (and more!) in the upper Housatonic River valley region. We welcome your inquires and look forward to assisting with your oral history project.
The Center is a place where best practices are used in the collection and dissemination of oral histories. It is a place where best practices and information about technologies and methodologies are communicated to the public and to member organizations.
We serve as a catalyst, via information, education, technical assistance, and limited seed funding, for projects throughout the Heritage Area and at BCC. The Center engages youth and others with all aspects of oral history, including research, interviews, archiving, and digital technologies for doing that work, as well as helping them to explore creative means for communicating what they have learned, including digital multimedia presentations, performances, writing projects, various digital applications, and exhibitions.
Youth Engagement in Oral History
Students are engaged in the heritage of our region, and their own stories too, as the Center collects stories about current events that occur locally. They are engaged in the Center’s work via internships, work study jobs, and classroom based projects, and various other ways that may become available. The Oral History Center helps young and old people to learn, to explore and to communicate together, via people’s stories.
We remain committed to documenting personal narratives of complex and diverse histories and advocating for a collaborative practice of oral history which values and honors people, communities, subjects, and events that otherwise might not be included in the historical record. Oral history, the acts of questioning, listening, recording, and preserving diverse historical perspectives, remains a powerful model for bridging divides, advocacy, public engagement and greater historical understanding.
Oral History Center
Judith Monachina, Director
Berkshire Community College
Office 215, Field Administration Building
1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201