Building History: A Project Description


  • To educate future generations about their history and heritage.
  • To build community involvement.
  • To build community pride.
What can I do to help?
  1. Volunteer to give your memories of the history of the community (confidential and anonymous if you wish).
  2. Volunteer to record the memoirs of residents (training and equipment will be provided).
  3. Share your scrapbooks, photos, videos, journals, newspaper clippings, audio tapes and anything that will enrich the community history. WE WILL COPY AND RETURN YOUR MATERIALS IN A TIMELY FASHION!!
  4. Help to document ongoing change in the community through photography, video and testimonials.
We have been working since October of 1996. We are working toward presenting a community history day in February 1998. Our success will serve the community for years to come.

Main Objectives

  1. Establish a community history archive in the Olive B. McLin NFC.
  2. Produce a handbook for training community residents to collect oral histories
  3. Involve and train residents in the collection of oral histories, historic materials and the documentation of ongoing change in the community.
  4. Design a computer learning tool (CD-ROM and Web page) about the history of this community. This will be available in neighborhood family centers, local libraries and museums.


Prof. Jay Sokolovsky, University of South Florida, Bayboro Campus.

This program is made possible through a grant from Florida Humanities Council, 1514 1/2 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa, FL 33605-3708

1998-99 University of South Florida. All rights reserved.
1998-99 Design: Rochelle Lewis Lavin, St. Petersburg, FL. All rights reserved.