Posted by: Ken Branson | April 19, 2011

Tell Your Story at Rutgers Day


This photo, taken about 1890, preserves the memory of a day at the beach. What is your story? Whatever it is, Garden State Speaks and MyJerseyRoots want you to share it for posterity on Rutgers Day.

If you have a story to tell, there are plenty of opportunities to tell it — and preserve it — at Rutgers Day.

The Rutgers Oral History Archives, which has recorded and preserved the oral histories of nearly 600 people who lived through the most momentous events of the 20th century, wants to hear your New Jersey story as part of Garden State Speaks.

When you stop by the Garden State Speaks booth near Van Dyke Hall on the College Avenue Campus, you can pop inside and record a specific memory — an enjoyable summer at the Shore or perhaps an unforgettable tie-up on the Turnpike.  You can also make an appointment to sit down for a complete oral history at a later date.

“We want to showcase material dealing with New Jersey, with people who grew up here, developed businesses here, built communities here,” says Shaun Illingworth, the assistant director of ROHA. Shorter interviews will be sent to the Special Collections of the Rutgers University Libraries.

MyJerseyRoots wants more than your memories; They want your pictures — at least, long enough to scan and digitize them to make them part of the New Jersey Digital Highway, the one-stop online source for New Jersey history and culture.  Then, they’ll give them right back to you.

If your family, business, or organization has photos or other images that help capture the story of New Jersey, bring up to five of them with you to MyJerseyRoots at Alexander Library on Rutgers Day. Your everyday life pictures could constitute part of the permanent record of our state’s history.


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