Collection Location: Harford County Public Library
Recalling the past, to inform the present, and guide the future
The goal of the Harford County Public Library’s Living Treasures Oral History Project is to preserve for future generations firsthand accounts of what life in Harford County has been like for previous generations.
A joint venture involving a number of government offices and agencies, the Living Treasures project "identifies aging people whose memories of life in Harford County remain vibrant and record these memories for posterity."
Any Harford County resident who is at least 70 years old, and has lived in the county for at least 40 years, can be nominated as a Harford Living Treasure. Nomination forms are available from any Harford County Public Library branch or the library’s website. Nominations are reviewed by the county’s Cultural Arts Board for authenticity and then sent to the Harford County Council for confirmation. The County Council confirms the nomination and presents the "Living Treasure" with a proclamation. Since the program’s inception in 1981, over 250 people have been named Living Treasures.
Trained library staff interview confirmed Living Treasures about their life experiences, including their trades, skills, community social events, and childhood memories. Recordings, transcripts and other memorabilia become part of the library’s oral history collection. The collection is used by school students researching history, families interested in genealogy and those interested in Harford County’s rich cultural past.
The Living Treasure program is sponsored by the Harford County Cultural Arts Board and supported by the Harford County Council.
Note: The interviews in this collection are in an audio or video format. Additions to the online collection are ongoing. For more information regarding these interviews, or for general information regarding the Harford County Living Treasures Oral History Project, please contact the Harford County Public Library, Bel Air Branch, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Bel Air, MD 21014, (410) 638-3151.