Behind the Sounds & Stories

The Project

In 2011 the Hudson River Maritime Museum joined four other organizations as part of the Year of Sounds & Stories Project, led and managed by the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley. The Sounds & Stories project is a 3 year grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services designed to digitize old oral histories and share them with the public through the Hudson River Valley Heritage database, SoundCloud,
HistoryPin, a custom-built iPhone App, and more.

Partner organizations include the Greater Hudson Heritage NetworkSoutheastern New York Library Resources Council, and the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.

Other participating organizations (like HRMM) include the New Rochelle Public LibraryNyack LibrarySomers Historical Society, and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

The Oral History Collection

The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s oral history collection consists of approximately 30 interviews with Hudson River commercial fishermen and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation officers conducted by Marjorie Holloway between 1989 and 1999. Approximately half of these oral histories have been digitized for the Sounds & Stories Project. Donate now to help digitize the rest of our collection.

The interviews focus primarily on changes in commercial fishing techniques over the years, as well as changes to wildlife populations and river water quality on the Hudson River. The subjects of the interviews date from the 1920s to the 1980s and cover everything from wartime rationing during WWII to PCB pollution. Main subjects include seine fishing, stake netting, and changes in gear over time, shad, sturgeon, striped bass, PCBs, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), water quality and pollution, and personal histories of the fishermen themselves.

The Cube

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The Cube, a sound-proof, portable recording studio, visited HRMM in September of 2013. We interviewed a variety of local people, both pre-scheduled and on the fly. The Cube has visited all five of the participating organizations and will soon be available to travel elsewhere as well.

Partners and Granting Organizations:

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Listen to Other Stories

Want to listen to more Hudson Valley history? Check out the SoundCloud accounts of our other participating organizations:

Somers Historical Society

Nyack Library

New Rochelle Public Library

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

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