The Center and Alliance

We help people carry out their projects, often by connecting them with others who are doing similar work.

We are building a community oral history resource center at BCC, and outfitting the office with some equipment necessary for digitizing files and doing classroom and community based oral history recordings.

The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Alliance, launched at the May, 2017, Oral History Symposium at BCC,  is made up of local people engaged in various types of oral history projects.  People doing oral history have ideas, skills and experience to share, and our goal is to help them to meet each other to get inspiration and support to carry out their work.



We host workshops on various oral history related topics.  Please sign up on this site to receive updates about our workshops and events.

Please call Judith Monachina, Director, at 413-236-1025, or email,, to learn more about the Center and the Alliance.




(Above, Paul O’Brien, former director of Technology at Mt. Everett High School in Sheffield, MA, and coordinator of veteran oral history projects with middle and high school students, gave a hands-on workshop on the technical tools of oral history. Here we see him and workshop participants at BCC’s South County Center.)

Left/Above, Magdalene Adams, former NAACP president, after we met for an interview at BCC. Len Kates, who worked with us and the NAACP to make this project happen, is in the background…)