Morton Community Foundation Grant Making Oral History Project Possible

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Morton Chamber of Commerce to launch a new Oral History Project to document people and places throughout Morton’s history.

Made possible by a grant from the Morton Community Foundation, the Morton Chamber of Commerce will be gathering stories to catalogue and share about the community. 

A primary goal of the project is to capture places in the Village that hold significance to Morton’s History.  An outcome of the narrative’s collected will be a walking map of the historical places in town with an online story map that will share videos, photos, and stories about the identified places.  Sample questions could include: Where did people shop?  Where did people spend their time?  Where did people work?  How did they get there?  Etc.

Another goal of the project is to catalogue  and publish the stories digitally for online reference in the future.  This project will publish at least 20 written narratives and 5 video recorded, oral histories.

The Morton Library has agreed to host the project on their website and the entire project kicks off in May this year.

Starting on Monday, May 21, current and former community members and their friends are invited to find a survey on the Morton Chamber of Commerce web page built to collect people’s stories for the project.

The link will remain available through November of 2018, after which the walking and story maps will be developed based on the stories told.  The entire project will finish in December of 2018.

“We are honored to be awarded this grant by the Morton Community Foundation.  The concept originated in conversations held at our Chamber Beautification Committee, which led to the development of a new Historical Task Team.  The Task team decided to spearhead the gathering and sharing of Morton’s history.  We are thrilled this grant will launch the oral aspect of the task team’s initiatives,” says Leigh Ann Brown Director of the Morton Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Morton Economic Development Council.   

Printed versions of the survey will be available for pick up at the Morton Chamber of Commerce after Monday, May 21st and an online survey link will be available on their website found at mortonchamber.org.  A downloadable version of the survey will be available on the Chamber’s website too.

The Morton Chamber of Commerce strengthens business and enhances the community by promoting our members, providing learning opportunities and resources, advocating for our members, enhancing our community, and developing a strong and growing economy.  ###  

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