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Lower East Side Oral History Project Seeks Community Volunteers

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Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.
Photo by Berenice Abbott; Pike and Henry streets, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library.

The New York Public Library has a community oral history project focused on several neighborhoods, including the Lower East Side.

So far around a dozen audio interviews have been posted on the library’s website. They will be permanently available at the Milstein Division of US History, Local History and Genealogy. You can listen to the recordings here.

The library has been training community volunteers to conduct those interviews. The other day we heard from a volunteer, Walter Petrichyn, who’s helping to train interviewers. There’s a training session tonight at 6 p.m. at Tomplins Square Library (sorry about the late notice). Click here for more details.

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