Historical Society of Long Beach
Historical Society of Long Beach

"Tell Me Your Story" Women's Oral History Celebration

Long Beach, CA, January 27, 2005 --(PR.com)-- The Historical Society of Long Beach’s 18th Annual

Contact: Julie Bartolotto, 562.495.1210

The Historical Society of Long Beach announces it’s 18th Annual “Tell Me Your Story” Women’s Oral History and Writing Celebration. This program was designed to celebrate women’s History Month, to teach students oral history, and bring history to life. Oral history is the perfect tool to meet multiple Content Standards in Social Studies/History, English and Geography while integrating women’s history into the curriculum.

Students interview older women about their lives and migration to Long Beach/Southern California. Then each student writes an essay about the storytellers’ experience. “Tell Me Your Story” brings history to life through the stories of older family and friends. The project illustrates that ordinary people are part of extraordinary events.

Karen Harper invented “Tell Me Your Story” in 1988 as part of Long Beach’s centennial celebration. The project has been utilized as an important learning tool in local classrooms for many years. The project is supported by the Public Corporation for the Arts and the City of Long Beach this year.

Entry packets can be obtained from the Historical Society of Long Beach P.O. Box 1869, Long Beach CA 90801, (562) 495-1210 or in person to 210 E. Ocean Blvd., Arcade Level. The submission deadline has been extended. Essays must be submitted by Friday, March 4, 2005 to the Historical Society.

Selected essays will be presented at an event in April and published in an anthology. All essays will be archived at the Historical Society of Long Beach, and some will be published in Historical Society newsletter.