BTHS’ latest project, the Video History Series, is an opportunity for residents to record their memories of living in the Town of Binghamton, not only in their own words, but in their own voice as well! It’s like a traditional oral history, only better, because the video preserves the image, body language, and tonality of the presenter as well as their story.
It is our sincere hope that the Video History Series will serve to capture not only the unique and valuable stories of our residents in a long-lasting and dynamic fashion, but to also provide a resource for students, historians, and anyone interested in learning more about early 20th century life in New York’s Southern Tier, or similar areas.
Sessions typically last between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on how much you want to share. Some of our volunteers come with one particular topic in mind, and others come with a list of items they want to speak briefly touch on. To date, volunteers have shared memories of their school days, season activities, farm life, family history, and military service.
Anyone who is interested in participating in the Video History Series is urged to let us know using the Contact page. Videos are recorded in sessions at the BTHS Museum, as it is easier to work with multiple volunteers over the course of the same afternoon. However, it may be possible to schedule home-based sessions with Town residents who lack the mobility to come to the Museum.