Temple Terrace Tells a Tale using Oral History

TEMPLE TERRACE– The documentation of Temple Terrace’s oral history is well underway, according to Vice Mayor Ron Govin in a recent meeting with the City Council. Presented by the Temple Terrace Preservation Society in conjunction with USF’s Department of Anthropology, the project will attempt to detail the city’s lost history from the 1920s through the 1950s.

“What people say and their memories just didn’t get reported. A lot of this stuff never made it into the newspaper because the newspapers could only cover so much,” said Grant Rimbey of the Temple Terrace Preservation Society.

July 1 marked the beginning of the research process. Interviews with residents who have lived in the city since at least the 1960s are being conducted by a professor from the Department of Anthropology, Elizabeth Bird.

Questions concerning what residents remember the first time they came to the area will be the major discussion points in the interviews.

Once the interviewing process is completed, a set of DVDs will be made available at the Temple Terrace Library and on a future website of the city’s Preservation Society

A written history will also be a part of the project, which is expected to be completed in two to three years, according D’ee Griffith, of Temple Terrace’s Historical Society. A documentary is also under consideration, Griffith said.

Time is ticking fast for participants in the research project. They have already lost three people on their list of interviewees that they believed would give vital information.

“At first, the city didn’t know what it was about because it’s not very commonly done. Now that they’ve seen what is being done, they are getting more and more excited about it,” said Rimbey

The project’s request for funding by the city was approved and a grant of $1,500 will be available for production purposes.

— Courtney Allen


7 Responses to “Temple Terrace Tells a Tale using Oral History”

  1. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Looks good. Rimbey’s last quote is a lot confusing at first. – CH

  2. Aaron Says:

    Very thorough.

  3. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    I saw a couple grammer errors, but it flowed well. good job

  4. Priscilla Says:

    Good quotes and nice story.

  5. Priscilla Says:

    Good quotes and nice story.

  6. Priscilla Says:

    Good quotes and nice story.

  7. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    should be interesting, good story

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