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 project.
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