Saturday, July 27, 2002

MCNUTT: Neighborhoods

Library will teach how to interview vets

        The Mary L. Cook Public Library in Waynesville will serve as the regional training center for groups seeking to interview veterans for an oral history video collection.

        On Aug. 14 experts on interviewing from the Library of Congress will conduct a training session to teach people to talk to veterans with sensitivity. It's open to groups — mainly libraries, schools and museums — interested in preparing oral histories for local projects and a national one.

        “We're losing World War II veterans at the rate of 1,500 a day, which boggles my mind,” said Barbara Brannock, who will help organize the sessions. “The government wants them to tell their stories. Originally, we wanted to do the same thing so our high and middle school students could have access to veterans' stories.”

        Last July the library videotaped interviews with about 40 local veterans for a project called “The Neighbor You Never Knew.” Librarians set up a small archival center with materials, tapes and a few artifacts. This led to an invitation to participate in the Library of Congress' national oral history project for veterans, and, later, to becoming an Ohio partner on the project.

        “Trainers from the Library of Congress will teach tact and technique, how to interview with great respect.”

        Because of their ages, the library will focus on World War II and Korean veterans, although others will be interviewed. Librarians will accept the names of willing veterans Aug. 14.

        “It's a delicate subject,” Ms. Brannock said. “The emotions these men still hold was really an education for me. This is something they never lose.”

        For more information, write to the Mary L. Cook Public Library, 381 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068. Telephone: 897-4826.

        BATAVIA - The Clermont County Area Hikers and Walkers will head to Stonelick State Park in Edenton at 10 a.m. Aug. 3.

        Meet them at the campground office.

        Information and directions: 625-7544.

        LEBANON — The Warren County Historical Society will present a Civil War encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17-18 on the lawn at Glendower State Memorial, 105 Cincinnati Ave.

        Admission is free.

        Featured units include the 35th Ohio Regiment, the 5th Michigan Cavalry and the 19th U.S. Regulars.

        Information: 932-1817.

        GREENHILLS — A swing era tribute band, Satin Dolls and Girls in Treble, will perform at Winton Woods Park at 7 p.m. today.

        Visitors may bring blankets and chairs and purchase refreshments at the park.

        The show is free, but a valid Hamilton County Park District sticker is needed to enter the park. Stickers cost $1 a day and $3 for the year.

        Information: 521-PARK.

        BATAVIA — Beechmont Players presents Cinderella at Clermont College's Krueger Auditorium next month.

        The farcical slapstick adaptation of the fairytale will begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3; at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

        Admission, $10. Seniors, $8. Children and students, $6.

        Information: 682-9090.

        Randy McNutt's column appears on Saturdays. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester, OH, 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. e-mail:



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