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November 1, 2002
High Park to inspire memories and new artistic works - The High Park Oral History Project seeks local stories
Culture - The City of Toronto Culture Division is pleased to announce a new
oral history project focussing on the High Park area. Colborne Lodge, in
co-operation with Parkdale Collegiate Institute, has begun this unique project
which is quickly gaining momentum within the community.

Oral history is a way of putting a fresh face on the word 'history' by using
real people' s experiences as a source for information - rather than historical
written records. It aims to carefully record a person' s first-hand life
experiences during an interview using well-researched, open-ended questions.
This information is then shared with others and can be added to historical
documents. In oral history projects, the questions usually revolve around a
theme such as remembering an event, an organization, or, as in this case, a
locality. Oral history reminds us that history is made of real people' s
memories and stories that connect the past with the present.

The High Park Oral History Project's two goals are unique. The first is to
engage students in gathering the oral histories of the area' s residents. High
Park is an important part of life in Toronto and this project will preserve
stories that reflect its importance.

The second direction is a completely creative one. The students who have
gathered residents' memories will use them as inspiration for personal works of
poetry, artwork and their own creative stories.

Colborne Lodge of the City of Toronto Culture Division, and Parkdale Collegiate
Institute, are working together to create a travelling exhibit of the stories
and these creative works, which will open in May of 2003, travelling to various
centres in the area.

Interview times are still available and take place at Parkdale Collegiate
Institute, located at 209 Jameson Ave., south of Queen Street between Lansdowne
and Roncesvalles Avenues.

The High Park Oral History Project will continue throughout November and into
December. Parties interested in participating in this project should call
Cheryl Hart at 416-392-6916 or Karen Edwards at 416-392-6910, ext 303.

Media Contact
Cheryl Hart



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