(Columbia, SC) – Richland Library Edgewood will celebrate the grand opening of its Oral History Room on Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. Edgewood customers and community members will commemorate the event with performances from local storytellers Darion McCloud, EboniRamm, and Dr. Nancy Tolson.
Richland Library consistently explores innovative ways to bring enhanced services to all of our communities. Equipped with the latest digital technology and cameras, multiple industry-standard recording devices, and iMac software, the Edgewood Oral History Room is optimized for individuals or groups of two to four to record their family history with quality audio.
Richland Library Edgewood staff are excited to be able to interview members of the Edgewood community and preserve their stories for future generations. Cardholders interested in using the Edgewood Oral History Room will need to attend a one-hour orientation that will guide them through the process of recording oral history and how to export and save their files.
The grand opening of the Edgewood Oral History Room also marks the culmination of the 2021 Ethel Bolden Minority Fellowship. Cerra Harris, the 2021 Ethel Bolden Minority Fellow, is a doctoral student in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Harris has cultivated the oral history project and produced oral history interviews with the featured storytellers for the grand opening.
The Edgewood Oral History Room and equipment were made possible through a grant donated by Lenora “Nonie” Price in memory of Ethel Bolden.