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Women's Political Activism, 1950-2000

A major initiative focusing on women and politics in New Haven during the past half century. Interviewing a diverse group of current and former elected representatives, city officials, lawyers, labor leaders, community organizers, and community activists, the NHOHP will document the oral histories of women who have made important contributions to the city, but often are under-represented in the historical record. Among the themes the project will explore are the evolving place of women in politics, and the intersection between community organizing and electoral politics. The interviews will serve as primary source material for a high school curriculum for Women's History Month in March, 2006.

Documenting the New Haven Holocaust Memorial

New Haven is home to the first municipal Holocaust memorial in North America. The NHOHP is partnering with Greater New Haven Holocaust Memory, Inc. to interview the city officials, local Holocaust survivors, architects, and others who played central roles in developing the memorial, which observes its 30th anniversary next year.

Celebrating the Centennial of the New Haven County Bar Association

The NHOHP is partnering with the New Haven County Bar Association on an oral history project celebrating the centennial of the organization. The interviews with judges, layers, and other members of the New Haven legal community will focus on the history of the NHCBA, as well as the city's 20th century legal history more broadly.

"Sharing the Story: Community As Curator" Panel at the American Association for State and Local History

In September, 2005, NHOHP Director Andy Horowitz will join Peter Lamothe, Director of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, Joe Ferrucci, Assistant Professor and the University of Kentucky, and Dan Diaz, co-founder of Arte', Inc. on a panel presentation at the AASLH's annual conference. They will discuss their experiences working with community groups to interpret and exhibit local history in New Haven.

Teagle Foundation Working Group: Strengthening Liberal Education through Special Collections

Collaborating with the NHOHP, the Yale University Library received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to produce a series of workshops on how to bolster the study of local history through the use of library's special collections. The NHOHP will present its program as a model for working with undergraduates to create primary sources about local history to a consortium of Connecticut colleges and universities, including Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut College, Naugatuck Community College, Quinnipiac College, Wesleyan University, Yale University and others.

Special Projects Interviews

The New Haven Oral History Project maintains special resources for isolated topics, threatened communities, or community resources of immediate importance or fleeting availability. This project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Past Projects

Life in the Model City: Stories of Urban Renewal in New Haven

A major interviewing project and subsequent exhibition at the New Haven Colony Historical Society will use oral history interviews with community residents and former government officials to understand the lingering effects of New Haven's massive redevelopment projects enacted during the mayoralty of Richard Lee, 1954-1969. This project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

The Family Table

The NHOHP collaborated with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven to produce a panel about family-run restaurants in New Haven. The program featured Francis Rosselli of Pepe's Pizza and grandson of Frank Pepe himself, and Ken Lassen of Louis' Lunch, birthplace of the hamburger. NHOHP Director Andy Horowitz served as moderator as these representatives of New Haven's legendary food families told delicious tales of celebrity, tradition, endurance, and surviving the test of time. Read more about the program here.

CSJE 390b: Oral History / New Haven History (Spring, 2005)

As part of the college seminar program, the NHOHP offered the first undergraduate course in Yale's history focusing on oral history. All of the students designed their own oral history projects, on topics ranging from the closing of St. Boniface Church to the founding of High School in the Community. All of the interviews have been transcribed and are now part of the NHOHP Collection. The class was co-sponsored by Jonathan Edwards College and Morse College.

Political Science 251a: The Future of American Cities (Fall, 2004)

NHOHP Director Andy Horowitz co-taught this political science seminar with NHOHP Board Member Doug Rae. All students in the course conducted oral history interviews as part of their work for the course, on topics ranging from the New Haven Coliseum to the Black Panther Party in New Haven. All of the interviews were transcribed and have been added to the NHOHP Collection.

Local History Days: community discussions about how Urban Renewal changed our neighborhoods

At the New Haven Free Public Library and branch libraries. Bring your photographs! A chance for people who lived and worked in New Haven during the redevelopment programs of the 1950s and 1960s to help write the history of their hometown, through a series of group discussions. These coversations will be filmed and archived as part of the New Haven Oral History Collections at the Yale University Library and the New Haven Colony Historical Society.This project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Oak Street / Legion Ave

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 12:00-2:00pm
Mitchell Library: 37 Harrison Street


Thursday, April 15, 2004 12:00-2:00pm
Stetson Library: 200 Dixwell Avenue

Wooster Sqaure

Saturday, April 17, 2004 12:00-2:00pm
Ives (Main) Library: 133 Elm Street

A complimentary lunch will be served for all participants who RSVP by Monday, April 12 to (203) 432-7308. Transportation will be available from neighborhood senior centers.

History 151a: New Haven and the Problem of Change in the American City (Fall, 2003)

The New Haven Oral History Project supported two specially designated oral history discussion sections of this popular Yale University lecture course. With training, guidance, and equipment from the Project, over twenty students enrolled in the class conducted oral history interviews related to their term papers about various aspects of New Haven history. These interviews will be transcribed, and become part of the New Haven Oral History Project Collection in the Yale University Library.

For more information, visit the course website.