Oral History Center

The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center
at Berkshire Community College

Helping people around the region tell their stories
and listen to the stories of others

Our Mission:

The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College is a project of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) and serves the watershed region of the Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut. The Center was established on the campus of Berkshire Community College and maintains a very strong partnership with BCC, working closely with staff, students, and faculty.

The Center was established to help people plan and implement sustainable oral history projects and properly care for their new and existing collections.  The Center assists with various stages of a project, from pre-project planning, to interviewing, and then archiving, often connecting small organizations or people with professionals who can help them.  The Center creates a clearinghouse of information and resources, an alliance of professionals and volunteers who share information in the effort to improve oral history practice and bring oral history into new settings and to new audiences. We also seek to engage youth in our projects thereby including them in the exploration of the rich heritage of the region and the people who live here,  and providing technical skills associated with oral history practice

We welcome your inquires and look forward to talking with you about your oral history project.

We are a partnership between Housatonic Heritage and Berkshire Community College.

Photos appearing above:  1)  An oral history interview with David Wasielewski, BCC student interviewer, and David Resnik, World War II veteran; Wendy Germain on camera; and Paul O’Brien, advising us on Library of Congress protocols for their Veterans Project. In the CTSB-Lee, MA. studio.  2)  An artist on the BCC campus (from the BCC  Library archives).  3) Dennis Powell, President of the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP, after an oral history interview held in the Berkshire Eagle Podcast Studio. 4) Thomas O’Connell, Founding BCC President. 5)  Tattiya Maruco, BCC faculty member, and Alisa Del Tufo, founding director of the Threshold Collaborative, chatting after a Oral History and Social Justice workshop given by Del Tufo;  5) Magdalene Adams, former NAACP Berkshire Chapter president,  after an oral history interview at BCC. In the background is Len Kates, who was the NAACP organizer on the project.