Use your voice to share stories and preserve history as part of the library’s new oral history project, Jefferson County Memories.

The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County purchased 15 recorders that will be used to collect personal and historical memories.  Reminisce about going to school, places of employment, and favorite hang-outs while growing up in the good old days.

The recorders will be available at all library locations which include the Main Library and its branches  Adena, Brilliant, Dillonvale-Mt. Pleasant, Schiappa, Tiltonsville, and Toronto.  They can be taken home for seven days.  A set of instructions, release form, and suggested topics and questions will be provided by the library. For those who do not wish to record on their own, you can schedule a recording session at the library’s Local History & Genealogy Department at the Schiappa Branch.

These stories will be made available for the public to listen to for years to come.  They will be uploaded on the library’s Digital Shoebox database.  The Digital Shoebox offers digitized photographs, books, and documents collected by libraries in southeastern Ohio.  It is available by visiting the website www.steubenvillelibrary.org at the “Services” tab then click on “History and Genealogy.”

The recorders were purchased from a donation made in honor of former library director Alan Hall who had a love and passion for history.  Alan worked at the library for 36 years.

To learn more about the project or schedule a recording session, call the Local History & Genealogy Department at the Schiappa Branch at 740.264.6166.