Volunteers Sought for Naperville Oral History Project
Minor, Ray, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Ray Minor Daily Herald Staff Writer
With Naperville gaining more than 1,000 people each year, longtime residents are trying to make sure they all know something about the city's storied past.
Mary Lou Wehrli and NCTV Channel 17 want to create an oral history project that would tape the stories of older residents. The tapes could be archived for researchers studying Naperville's past.
"Researchers can make real use of this," said Wehrli, who recently was elected to the Naperville Park District board. "History isn't all facts. It's people's perspectives and feelings and emotions that they have lived through."
But supporters need a lot more than long memories to create the oral history tapes. They are hoping anyone interested in helping with the project can meet with them at 7 p.m. Thursday at the park district's offices at 320 W. Jackson Ave.
In addition to folks willing to have their stories recorded, officials are looking for narrators, camera operators, producers and others to help the programs run smoothly. …