Saginaw MI Oral History Project continues without grant

Saginaw, MI: Oral History project continues w/o grant. Lives of minority residents who helped build the city.

Saginaw News (Mlive) story.

It’s a long haul to get everything completed. Whaddaya do when the grant money runs out? Continue on, at a much slower pace.

…A Saginaw native delved inside the lives of minority residents who helped build the city.

Michelle S. Johnson, a former professor at Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, interviewed 35 black and Hispanic residents beginning in 1999.

The result is the Saginaw Oral History Project, which Johnson hopes offers a peek into the religious, economic and cultural impact minorities had on their hometown.

When the grant expired two years ago, Johnson said, she still had about 100 hours of work to do to finish the project.

She hopes to get a grant for the $6,000 she estimates it will cost to finish getting each tape into written form. If she’s successful, she said, she could have all of the histories available within three months. If not, finishing the project on her own, without funding, could take several years.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on February 25, 2005 in • Oral history in the newsOral History Projects
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