Letter to the editor: Silver Bay stories wanted for projectI am writing to follow up on the story “Silver Bay Story Will Be Told” that appeared in the News-Chronicle last week.
I am writing to follow up on the story “Silver Bay Story Will Be Told” that appeared in the News-Chronicle last week.
As mentioned in the article, the Minnesota Historical Society has awarded a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant to Kelley High School to support a project called “Company Town,” which will preserve some of the oral history about Silver Bay’s days as a company town from its beginning in the 1950s and through the 1970s.
We’re interested in preserving stories about what it was like to live in a company town. Many of us grew up hearing stories about what it was like, and it’s important that the stories be preserved before everyone who has the stories is gone.
We’ll be looking for stories about the social structure and customs of the city – stories that give meaning to the different styles of houses, the different colors of hardhats, the relationship between the company and the city, and the relationship between people of different jobs and stations within the community. There are a lot of stories – both big and small – that would provide insight, entertainment, and education to social scientists, tourists, students, and others.
I will be spearheading the effort to conduct interviews and produce transcripts of the interviews with residents from the Reserve Mining Company era. The ultimate goal is eventually to compile the transcripts into a book.
Some of us have already begun compiling a list of people we could potentially interview, and we’re interested in getting input about others to consider interviewing. Anyone who has ideas can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, find me on Facebook, or call me at (651) 338-1777 and leave a message.
I’m also looking for some students from Kelley High School to assist with the logistics of the interviews and welcome messages expressing interest in that as well.
Kent Kaiser, Kelley High School Class of 1984