A few months ago a few people met to decide whether to revive the Oral History Project or just finalize what had already been done.  This has been an on again, off again project for many years.

The decision was made to try to revive it.  People to do interviews were invited to have input.  Lists with names of local residents were reviewed and marked according to completed, in progress, or needed to be interviewed.  There is quite a list of people that could be interviewed to add depth to the collection.

A decision was made to include Banner County residents and the surrounding areas of Kimball County and into the other states.  The new name of the project is “Prairie Tales Oral History Project”.  Progress is being made and a few more interviews have been done.

The long-range plans of the project are to archive the materials and make them available to researchers for history and genealogy.  Members on the committee are from the Kimball Public Library, the Plains Genealogical Society, the Friends of the Kimball Public Library and the Plains Historical Museum.  It is great to have everyone working together to accomplish this goal.

People who would like to visit and do interviews are encouraged to contact Jan Sears at the library.   308-235-4523.   ‘Gatherings’ are held on the First Tuesday of each month to meet, ask questions and review the progress.

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