Episcopal school students celebrate Terkel’s legacy

Erin Donaghue in the suburban Maryland Gazette papers:

Now in its 12th year, the American Century Project at St. Andrew’s [Episcopal School in Potomac. Md.] was launched by history teacher Glenn Whitman, who was inspired by his own work collecting oral history as an undergraduate and also the work of legendary broadcaster and oral historian Louis “Studs” Terkel. Through the project, Whitman hopes to encourage students to become recorders of history, rather than just its observers. “The best interviews are those whose voices are uncovered by this project,” Whitman said.

St. Andrews has collected the largest pre-collegiate oral history archive in the United States through the work of its students, and according to Whitman, that goes to show that students can make a meaningful contribution to history.

Read it all. The proud Dad moment is at the end.

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