In summer 2013, True Story Pictures worked with students in Como, Mississippi on a second installment of "A Teen Oral History Project," which began three years ago with "Elders Remember."
This time around, Briana Patton, Shaquille Conrad and Mathew Holloway learned how to log and edit interviews that they recorded with community members who were celebrating the Centennial of Como Methodist Church.
Briana & Shaquille (standing), Mathew (seated)
The title of the project, "I Always Thought Como was Like Heaven," is a quote from one of the elders they interviewed. The three teens - now freshman and sophomores in college - were working as Americorps Volunteers for the Como Library during their summer break.
Funds for this project came from a John Cotton Dana Marketing Award that the Como Library won in 2012 to position the library as the go to place for hill country blues information. The keystone piece in that marketing plan was the Elders Remember project for which True Story Pictures provided training and assistance. As a result of these projects, which promoted area music and oral histories, the library won the 2013 Documenting Mississippi's History Award from the MS Dept of Archives and History and the 2012 Public Relations Award from the MS Library Commission.
Congratulations to the Como Library and these amazing teens for all of their hard work!
Special thanks to Alice Pierotti, branch manager of the Emily Jones Pointer Public Library in Como, Mississippi, for organizing this project and coordinating the teen volunteers.