Beginning in the early months of the LFK Project in fall
2003, a synergy developed between the Jonesport Historical
Society (JHS) and the LFK Project students. The JHS also
began recording oral history interviews, as well as preserving
photographs and other documents. They have helped students
locate people to interview, while the students have helped
JHS members with some aspects of interviewing technology.
The community impact of the combined LFK Project in the
high school and the activities of the JHS have been remarkable.
Almost 10% of the local population has joined the JHS.
Local adults who had never before set foot in the local
high school now attend public presentations on local cultural
and maritime heritage, while teenagers are interviewing
their community’s elders to learn first hand what
it was like to be a light house keeper, to build a weir,
to survive as a fisherman when times are tough or flush,
to work in a sardine or clam canning plant, how local marine
resources have changed over time and how people have adapted
to those changes. In the process they’ve been building
a new sense of connection to their community, and for some,
developing new career aspirations because they have discovered
new talents through mastering the interview process itself.
The high school staff has committed themselves to continue
the oral history interviewing project in the school for
the foreseeable future because it has been such a positive
experience, while the JHS is developing plans for a future
Heritage Center to be located in their local public library
that will archive and make available to the public all
the oral histories and other materials that the JHS members
and the LFK Project students are collecting. The JHS has
received a NOAA
Preserve American Heritage grant to help with this