Collection Location: Community Media Center
Contributor: The Community Media Center and Carroll County Public Library
Collection overview: This collection of oral history videos brings together the memories of Carroll County residents from all walks of life in an effort to preserve a vision of the county's past while helping future generations appreciate the efforts and lifestyles of those who have gone before.
Videos from the collection fall into four categories:
Carroll County's Legacy - full interviews with the local historians who appeared in a television documentary created by Maryland Public Television producer Marilyn Maguire-Phillips for the county's local access channel. The one-hour program explored explores Carroll's history from the first Methodist place of worship in 1764, to the invention of the first reaping machine in 1811, to the first National Rural Free Delivery in 1899.
Through the Eyes of the Black Experience - a collection of stories and memories from the county's African American residents intended to preserve Carroll County's black history in a way that hopefully accurately captures what it was like growing up in and/or living in Carroll County as a minority.
Carroll County Remembers - a set of videos collected by volunteers from ordinary citizens, based on the premise that everyone has a story to tell. These captured memories help put a face to the land, celebrating Carroll County and how it is remembered by past and present residents.
Local History Collection - a collection of audio and video interviews, recollections, reenactments, and descriptions from residents and communities complied by the Carroll County Farm Museum, Gate House Museum of Sykesville, Leister's Store in Pleasant Valley, and the New Windsor Heritage Committee.
The Carroll County History Project was developed and is supported by the Community Media Center, Carroll County Public Library, Carroll County NAACP, Human Relations Commission of Carroll County, Historical Society of Carroll County, and the Carroll County Genealogical Society.
Note: Additions to the digital collection are ongoing.