3/24/15: Washington Heights + Inwood Oral History Project Kick-Off Celebration!

George Washington Bridge - Washington Heights

A view of the city from the New York tower of George Washington Bridge, 168th Street & Hudson River, on December 22, 1936. (Jack Rosenzwieg/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

Washington Heights + Inwood Oral History Project Kick-Off Celebration
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Inwood Library (4790 Broadway)

The NY Public Library is celebrating the launch of their historic neighborhood oral history project! The event will be held at the Inwood Library (4790 Broadway) on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

  • FEATURING a live oral history interview as Crossing Broadway Author Robert Snyder records the story of Tony Marx, President of The New York Public Library (he grew up in Inwood!)
  • LISTEN to highlights from oral histories collected so far.
  • ENJOY live music from local musicians Marjorie Eliot (pianist) and Gaku Takanashi (bass)
  • MEET interviewers + storytellers who are part of the project.

Click here for more info.

This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Washington Heights and Inwood history through the stories of people who have experienced it. The project has collected oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the Washington Heights and Inwood. Over 90 volunteer interviewers were trained to collect these stories. Interviews will be preserved for posterity at The Milstein Division of US History, Local History and Genealogy and available in a circulating collection. Interviews will also be accessible (and eventually searchable) in full length at the following website: http://oralhistory.nypl.org/neighborhoods/washington-heights-inwood

For more info: http://oralhistory.nypl.org/

Related:

The Washington Heights Riots of 1992 Remembered – Part 1

The Washington Heights Riots of 1992 Remembered – Part 2

Long Ago, a Pilot Landed on an Uptown Street. That’s Where the Bar Was. | NY Times

Historic Inwood: “Goodbye to Glocamorra” (1968)

The House on the Hill: A Murder In Washington Heights…

Heights History – Hilltop Park

The Fort George Tunnel Collapse: A 1903 NYC Subway Construction Disaster | My Inwood

Uptown Video: Dyckman City Gangsters

Inwood’s First Selfie: Vermilyea Avenue Photographer William Hassler | My Inwood

From Dyckman Street to Treasure Island | My Inwood

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