Recording historic memories

WARREN — Representatives of the Ohio History Connection spent time recently in Trumbull County recording stories and memories from area residents.

The session took place at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library as part of the OHC’s tour of all 88 counties in Ohio.

The effort is known as the “Dear Ohio” initiative tour. For information, visit Dear Ohio.

Melissa Karman, director of the Sutliff Museum, said options for the interviews included video or voice recordings, or written comments on forms.

”This was the second time they were in Trumbull County. They were here last summer during the Harry Stevens Hot Dog Festival in Niles,” Karman said.

Meghan Reed, director of the John Stark Edwards House, said the Ohio effort is part of a national initiative funded by the federal government to get stories from people across the United States to get a look inside life across the nation.

”They are getting an inside look at what life is like across the country,” Reed said.

Yolanda Gelo of the Ohio History Connection said she has been to three sessions in Ohio, including at a ball game where she was able to get perspectives from younger generations.

“We are focusing on individuals from different areas of the state,”Gelo said.

Gelo said during the more than two hours they recorded stories in Warren, many people, including historical society members, stopped to share their memories.

“Those who are older residents have more stories to share,” she said.

The recordings are scheduled to be done over a two-year period, she said.

Brookfield Historical Society members Lois Werner was among those who stopped to share information on Brookfield. The historical society has been busy creating an archive history room at the Brookfield Township administration building, she said.