The Kennebunkport Historical Society is pleased to announce an intergenerational video project designed to capture the oral history of Kennebunkport by interviewing its oldest citizens.
“We are so excited about this project and all of its possibilities,” shared Kristin Haight, executive director, “by collecting oral histories and connecting with Kennebunkport’s elders, we will be able to deepen our understanding of recent history and create valuable first-hand stories and images for future generations.”
The project will launch in September 2021 with the call for citizens over 100 years old. Frank Handlen, for example, a beloved Kennebunkport artist, sculptor, and community friend will turn 105 at the end of September and has agreed to be our first interviewee. The Society will honor his life and work with a lecture by Peter Whalen on October 1 at 1 pm. (Details and tickets available to members starting 9/1/2021).
October will focus on people who are in their 90s. November will seek citizens in their 80s, December: 70s, and so on. We aim to grow our video-archive collection with this project and include our community youth as well.
Interviews will be scheduled for Tuesdays and will take place at the Townhouse School or virtually. If you or someone you know would like to
participate in the Oral History Project, please contact Kristin Haight at KHaight@KportHS.com or call the office at 207-967-2751. If a participant would prefer that our team come to you, record the interview virtually, or offer transportation, please let us know.
For more information about how you can participate, become a member, volunteer, or make a gift to support our programming, please visit KPortHS.com. Thank you for your support, Kennebunkport!