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ORAL HISTORIES AGREEMENTS

One of the ways the Hugo Neighborhood Association & Historical Society (Hugo Neighborhood) aims to best promote the social welfare of our Hugo neighbors is by working to preserve, protect, and enhance their rural livability through recording their rich community history.

Our objective is to provide historical information to neighbors by the development of their own personal oral histories. We do this because we believe the quality of rural life in Hugo is enhanced through citizen knowledge of its history and the sense of community that a historical perspective facilitates.

An oral history agreement is a voluntary agreement between two parties, the oral history participant and the Hugo Neighborhood. It is a specific agreement about developing a written oral history for public sharing as determined by either party. For example, copies of oral history documents might be made and shared, publication could occur in The Daily Courier’s "Mondays Make History," stories might be distributed via email, and/or web page publication could occur.

Oral Histories & Community

Everyone has a story to tell about themselves and their place, their community. When people tell stories about their own lives and those stories are preserved and passed down for future generations, it's called oral history. This is history in the first person, the way we remember it, the way our parents, grandparents, and other family and friends remember it — the way they lived it.

Oral history is a way to gather information from people who took part in past events. It is a systematic attempt to enlist people with first-hand knowledge of historical developments and experiences into sharing their memoirs.

Be mindful that the human mind can play tricks on its owner. A person can remember something in a way which is completely different than the way it really happened. Often it is simply a matter of perception at the time the event occurred, but usually it is because "the ‘ol memory just ain't what it used to be." Right, wrong, or flawed, oral history is something which is remembered by someone; it is "their" memory — their history.

More Information On Agreement

The Hugo Neighborhood agrees to develop an oral history document for interested and selected participants about their Hugo history. The oral history will include an interview(s) and the development of a written oral history document based on information and materials provided by the participant.

The oral history participant agrees to provide an interview(s) to the Hugo Neighborhood representative(s), other information, and materials as deemed applicable by the participant. The participant is responsible for final editing of the history document.

All new oral history materials are the property of the oral history participant and the Hugo Neighborhood.

There is no charge, or fee by the Hugo Neighborhood. Donations will be accepted.

Contact an officer of the Hugo Neighborhood if you are interested in developing your oral history.

August 26, 2003

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