Oral History Projects

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Oral History Projects


The Kalamazoo Valley Museum has been collecting oral histories from area residents for more than 20 years. Some interviews have been integrated into both long- and short-term exhibits. Now, as we begin to digitize and catalog these histories, visitors to this website can find full transcripts and audio/video clips for some of the interviews.

We invite you to check back periodically as we add new interviews in the following categories, with more to come:

Experiences of African Americans, Mexican Americans and Native Americans
Living in the Kalamazoo Region

Gibson and Heritage Guitar Companies

Voices for Social Justice

Douglass Community Center history

South Haven Jewish Resorts