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By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Oral Traditions Are Essential To History


Last updated 11/14/2016 at 7:23pm

Oral history is defined as the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people who have personal knowledge of past events.

In the past, oral tradition was used to preserve a record of history. As printing methods developed and more people were able to access print resources and read, the sharing of oral traditions faded. Fortunately, that began to change in the mid-1900s and today oral history is an integral part of historical research. In the mid-1980s members of the local Historic Preservation Commission (predecessor of today's JHPC) unde...

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