Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Some good news

Students help keep legacy alive

Allen Howard

Descendents of people who made history, and their communities, should be involved in preserving their legacy.

That will be the purpose of the Hamilton County Underground Railroad Legacy Project, to be launched today at the Raymond Walters Campus of the University of Cincinnati in a public meeting from 1-3 p.m.

Representatives from the Legacy Project Training/Assistance Program at the college and National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program are scheduled to attend.

Oloye Adeyemon, program coordinator, said the county project will aim to "gather, organize and preserve research data drawn from archival and public memory resources. Important history is often lost by not cultivating the community-based resources we have."

Adeyemon said the project will train UC students as coordinators, and at-risk high school students will do research, publish findings, create a two-hour Legacy Research Institute documentary based on oral history interviews, and create a Web page.

Victoria Hammer, chair of the Office of Information at the college's Technology Department, said her department will help transcribe oral history research, maintain the Web site, and produce videotape.

Adeyemon said other legacy projects have been initiated in Lincoln Heights, Clermont County, and soon will start in Hazelwood in Blue Ash.

"We plan for future legacy projects to involve Hispanics and Appalachians," Adeyemon said.

Diane Miller and Guy Washington of the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program will attend today's meeting.

For more information, call 936-1713.

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Cincinnati Councilwoman Minette Cooper and her daughter, Minette, will visit the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Mass., July 14.

Cooper said she met Ted Kennedy Jr. at a National Retirement Board meeting in Denver last month.

She later received an invitation to visit.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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