Help Uncover Columbus’ Hidden Stories!


Learn how to capture the stories of your community, your neighborhood!

Ohio Humanities and the Columbus Metropolitan Library invite those interested in capturing the stories and memories of the places where you live and have lived. Long-time Columbus residents are encouraged to come learn with us. This process starts with a training session on August 12, 2017 at the Columbus Main Library.

Capturing stories helps communities get the history that the written record often misses. Considering how much Columbus is changing, it is so important to get ALL different kinds of Columbus stories recorded. Ohio Humanities will provide training in the practice of oral history, which allows community members from all walks of life to share their experiences with authenticity and nuance. Help us capture this untold history.

Participants will receive instruction on interviewing techniques, recording technology, and project design. Additional training and recording resources for preserving your stories may be made available for selected interviews courtesy of Columbus Metropolitan Library and Ohio Humanities. After this introductory workshop on August 12, participants will be invited to attend sessions on August 17 and 24 to work on specific projects.

The workshop is open to all members of the Columbus community, no previous experience is required.  A small fee of $25 will cover workshop materials and lunch. Advance registration is required.

To register, please send your name, contact information, and reason for attending via email to Jim Calder at or by calling 614-461-7802. Registration deadline is ongoing while space is available.

This project is made possible with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities through its Legacy of Race and Ethnicity initiative.