SHAFTSBURY -- "It's a very pleasant, sweet, and emotional tribute to our town and the people in it," Ruth Levin said of the Shaftsbury Historical Society's recently-completed oral history DVD, "Ordinary Heroes Part II."
The project is a continuation of "Ordinary Heroes," a book written and published by Levin in 1978, which dictates the history of Shaftsbury and tales of its townspeople from its inception through 1977.
The Historical Society will sell the DVDs to Shaftsbury residents as a fundraising effort for the organization, which will aid in beautification efforts of the town's Historical Museum.
Mitchell Race, Shaftsbury Historical Society president, hopes that the project will be well received by the community and will help to keep Shaftsbury's rich history alive.
"It's important to recognize our ordinary heroes and cherish their stories for years to come," he said.
The 85-minute DVD includes dialogue recovered from six hours of tape recorded during a storytelling project organized by Levin and Historical Society Board Member Kathy Link in 1987.
The project encouraged Shaftsbury natives to recount their ordinary tales to 6th graders at Shaftsbury Elementary School as a supplement to their unit on Vermont state history.
"It captures the joys, tribulations and humor of Shaftsbury's times and places," Levin said of the project.
Among the 15 interviewees included in the DVD are Marjorie Galusha, former owner of the Governor Jonas Galusha house in Center Shaftsbury, (the present-day Shaftsbury Historical Museum) Ed Colvin, who speaks of Shaftsbury during the Great Depression, Junior Harwood, who remembers Vermont's last public execution, and Levin, who tells of Shaftsbury's first schools.
The DVD will be sold for $12 during the Shaftsbury Historical Society's 3rd annual open house and chicken barbeque this Sunday from 2 and 4 p.m. at the Governor Galusha Homestead.
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