PARIS — The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead is seeking volunteers who wish to participate in a new oral history project titled “People Past and Present at the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead.”

The project will start with an oral history training session from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Dr. Pauleena MacDougall, a historian from the University of Maine in Orono, will train volunteers on the basics of conducting oral history interviews.

Refreshments will be served.

The goal of the project is to work with a group of volunteers to gather stories about Bernard McLaughlin from locals who knew him, as well as through the community of gardeners.

With the foundation’s 20th anniversary approaching, the organization will also collect stories from its founders and community members who remember when Bernard’s garden was open to the public and became a local treasure. Stories will be transcribed and kept in the archives, but the hope is to use excerpts from the interviews for new exhibitions and audio segments on the website.

The project is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

FMI, register: 207-743-8820 or [email protected]


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