HIGH POINT, N.C., May 10, 2013 – A High Point University oral history project leaves a living memory for the community, as part of an exhibit at the High Point Museum. Students in the “Community and Literature: Our Stories, Ourselves” course created a digital book and recorded interviews that document the creation and evolution of High Point’s furniture and manufacturing industry. The project will be linked to the museum’s website in the coming months.
“We are thrilled with how this has turned out,” says Edith Brody, director of the High Point Museum. “The museum provides a living memory of our community by collecting information and artifacts. This project adds to that information and helps us better understand the artifacts on display.”
The students interviewed High Point residents about their experience with the furniture and manufacturing industries to create a living history. They presented the exhibit at the Museum on April 29. They say they’re excited their hard work will live on at the museum.
“We’re glad our work will be used to benefit future High Point residents, and anyone interested in learning more about the city and furniture industry,” says sophomore Kara Bonini.
Dr. Charmaine Cadeau, assistant professor of English, says the students are taking away more than just theoretical knowledge from the experience.
“It taught them the value of sharing stories and talking to people about their experiences,” says Cadeau. “Many of them built friendships with the community members they interviewed.”
Researchers can assess the information collected by the students for future study.