This is the fifth year for the Iowa Stories Oral History Project, a community initiative created by former Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack. The goals of the program are to: encourage reading and sharing of family stories; rebuild a sense of community in Iowa; focus on public and school libraries as community centers for lifelong learning; foster a working relationship for school and public librarians; and to encourage non-traditional partnerships between libraries and other community organizations.
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Davenport Schools, students from Smart, Sudlow, Walcott, Williams, Wood, and Young Intermediate schools interviewed retired Davenport teachers for the project. After doing independent research on Davenport schools, followed-up with the interview, the students created oral history projects in the form of PowerPoint presentations, storyboards, and videos that will be housed in Davenport Public Library’s Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center as primary research for future generations. These projects will be on display at the Iowa Stories Reception, on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Williams Intermediate School in Davenport (3040 N. Division Street). The public is invited to attend this free celebration, which will feature live musical performances from student groups and refreshments. For more information, call 563-888-3371.