Conducted in the early 1980s for I Remember When: Times Gone But Not Forgotten, a radio documentary series broadcast on WHYY-FM, these interviews with immigrants and the children of immigrants recount the history of Philadelphia in the early decades of the twentieth century. Documenting work experiences, family and neighborhood life, city politics, the Influenza pandemic of 1918, courtship and romance, and city culture, the interviewees recall in vivid detail the Philadelphia of their youth and young adulthood.
West Chester University students have curated each interview with an OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) index, enabling you to not only hear the voices, but to see the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia, the row houses, the factory floors, and immigration papers. GPS coordinates show you where the events took place, creating an immersive, multisensory experience.
All interviews are archived at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.