WYANET — On Sunday, July 20, representatives of the Bureau County Historical Society (BCHS) will be at the Wyanet Historical Society, 320 E. Second St. in Wyanet between 1 and 4 p.m. to videotape short interviews of Bureau County residents. The interviews will become part of the archives at the new BCHS History Center at the Matson Library building, and they also are part of the BCHS Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary project.
Residents of all ages are welcome to make appointments for interviews and to choose an area for discussion: Schooling, family life, church life, work, patriotism and military service, the family business, or dating and marriage. The interviewers will have questions for residents to answer in each area. To include as many Bureau County residents as possible, the interviews will be kept to 10 minutes. Copies of the interviews on DVD will be given to each subject, the Wyanet Historical Society and the Farm Bureau, as well as to the Bureau County Historical Society.
This is the first of several videotaping sessions to be scheduled throughout the county to give as many residents as possible a chance to be memorialized in video at the BCHS History Center at the Matson Library, which is about to undergo a significant renovation. Walk-in interviews will also be conducted at the Farm Bureau building during the Bureau County Fair, Aug. 20-24.
To make an appointment for the July 20 sessions, please call 815-876-1411. Walk-ins can be accepted only if enough time is available outside of pre-scheduled interviews. If more appointments are requested than are available, a second taping will be scheduled at a later date.
For more information, contact Pam Lange, executive director Bureau County Historical Society at 815-875-2184 or Kathy O’Malley, Share Your History project, at 815-876-1411.