This project includes oral history interviews conducted in spring 2019 for Philadelphia Immigration, and in the early 1980s for I Remember When: Times Gone But Not Forgotten, a radio documentary series broadcast on WHYY-FM. In these interviews, immigrants and the children of immigrants recount the history of Philadelphia in the early decades of the twentieth century and twenty-first century. talk in vivid detail about their reasons for leaving their home countries, their move to the United States and adjustment to life in Philadelphia, educational and work experiences, family and neighborhood life, city politics, courtship and romance, and city culture.
West Chester University students have curated each interview with an OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) index, enabling you to not only hear the voices, but to see them and their families, the streets of Philadelphia, the row houses, the factory floors, and personal documents and papers. GPS coordinates show you where events took place, creating an immersive, multisensory experience.
All interviews are archived at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.