WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - The largest collection of New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Oral Histories was released recently at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Anthropology Professor Edward Gonzalez Tennant and his students collected and transcribed nearly 30 oral histories from residents impacted by the worst natural disaster ever to hit New Jersey.
The recording of personal histories is increasingly viewed by researchers and members of the public as a vital source of information. Everyone has a story to tell and oral history recognizes the importance of personal experiences in understanding our shared past. The purpose of this project is to document personal testimonies related to Superstorm Sandy.
Oral histories provide an important response to regional and national coverage of the event for several reasons. They provide in-depth accounts of everyday individuals and their strategies for preparing and surviving such events. In addition, the project continues to collect interviews as a way to showcase the long-term effects of these kinds of events.
For more details, visit: http://library.monmouth.edu/main/content/oral-histories-about-super-storm-sandy