Oral History Project

Stories make up the fabric of everyday life and become a verbal time capsule in which names, places, and collective histories are remembered. One of the primary duties of the Warren Preservation Society is to convey these stories and ensure their protection for future generations.

Currently WPS is working on collecting stories from people born and raised in Warren in a series entitled "Warren Born & Raised" which will be posted weekly on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  A Warren student from Mount Hope High School will be  collecting and publishing the stories every Friday this summer.  The first biography featured was Ethel Carey (see Oral History Bios page on this website or follow us on Instagram or Facebook). 

A Place Apart: the evolving landscape of Touisset and was featured at the Touisset Point Community Club on Thursday, May 19th, 2016.  The committee gathered stories from twelve interview subjects with ties to Touisset.  These individuals shared their experiences in an area with early roots as an agricultural community and a summer colony and explored the ways that Touisset is evolving today. The exhibit featured a video based on the interviews as well as a display of relevant maps, photos and artifacts.  This exhibit dovetailed with the WPS Historic House Marker Program. Our WPS researcher, Doug Hinman completed research on several historic Touisset properties and WPS awarded historic markers as part of the evening's events.

Postcard of the Touisset project designed by Jill Culora

The Oral History Project Committee displayed the exhibit at the  Warren Walkabout on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Historic Warren Armory.  A DVD is available of the film version of the project (visit our SHOP page on this website).

Members of the committee included:  Jill Culora, interviewer and video specialist; Doug Hinman, WPS researcher and historian; Darby Pontes, educator and historian; Jane MacDougall, transcriptionist; Wendy Farr, transcriptionist; and Kristin MacDonald, WPS administrator.

Between 2012 and 2013, the Oral History Project collected nine separate interviews from Warren residents. These interviews were the inspiration for "Warren: A Point of View".  This exhibit captured the stories of the "Silent Generation", which is the generation born between the Depression and World War II.  The stories taken from the interviews give a rare glimpse into life in Warren during a time when large changes were sweeping the nation and young people took advantage of new opportunities that were opening up at home. "Warren: A Point of View" evolved as a collaborative exhibit with Imago Foundation for the Arts and also feature artistic impressions of Warren. 

Postcard from the Silent Generation Exhibit designed by Jill Culora

For more information about this ongoing program, or if you know an individual who has memories they would like to share, please contact us at info@preservewarren.org.