Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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December 3, 2013

Tourism project to capture Sumter’s rich history

AMERICUS — An oral history project gets underway  this week in Americus and Sumter County. The project, initiated by the Americus-Sumter County Tourism Council with the assistance from the Archway Partnership, will capture an oral history for Sumter County. Sumter County Archway Professional Maggie Potter enlisted the resources of the Richard Russell Library and its First Person Project.

Potter describes the First Person Project more of a conversation than a scripted interview. A conversation between a subject and an interviewer is recorded, but what makes the First Person Project unique is that the interviewer and the interviewee(s) know each other, allowing for a fluid conversation. The interviews typically last forty minutes.

After discussing Sumter County’s list of potential interviewees, including President Carter, the Richard Russell Library agreed to film the interviews and use the segment of the project to help spread the word about all that the Library can do and offer to all of the communities of Georgia.

According to Potter, the recorded material after completion may include making it available through the Richard Russell Library as part of their First Person Project. The Tourism Council would also like to use the audio and video as they revamp many of their promotional pieces and associated collateral to bring them up to date with today’s technology.

An schedule for the first phase of interviews has been arranged and will take place this week at the Lee Council House.

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