IN an attempt to preserve the region’s oral history, a new project linking teenagers and older residents kicks off in Orange next week.
Villages of the Heart: telling rural stories is a project that aims to help the residents of rural villages from Cabonne, Orange and Blayney tell their stories.
Orange City Council’s cultural heritage community committee chair councillor Reg Kidd said there are many rural history stories that are yet to be told.
“These stories could be connected to particular places,” Cr Kidd said.
“There are stockyards, schools, community halls, significant Wiradjuri sites, post offices, police stations and churches.
“There are pubs, Cobb & Co offices, railway stations and corner stores.
“There are still locals around who remember growing up across the road from one of these places, and this project wants to hear what it was like.”
Cr Kidd said projects like this can help build community relationships and a deeper understanding about the history of the rural villages of our region and are a boost for our community identity.”
Project organisers have approached schools from across the Cabonne, Orange and Blayney region looking for students who would like to learn how to conduct interviews.
Anyone interested in gathering oral histories, doing the interviewing or sharing their stories, is being asked to attend a workshop on October 14.
A workshop from 1.30pm to 3.30pm is directed at interested community members, including representatives of historical societies, while the workshop from 4pm to 6pm will be for teachers and students who want to find out more about the project.
The workshops will be held in the west room at Orange Regional Gallery. Interested parties should RSVP by noon on Monday to council museum and heritage coordinator Alison Russell on 63938170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org