Built from 1954 to 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project that linked the United States and Canada was the largest waterway project ever completed by two nations. Until recently, however, the stories of the men who participated in its creation remained largely untold. My efforts to record and share the experiences of these men took me out of the realm of traditional academic history and, by way of oral history, into storytelling. My newfound roles as oral historian and storyteller necessitated that I not only conduct scrupulous, text-based research but also listen to, capture, and transmit the voices of the men who shared their stories with me. This journey allowed me to grow more comfortable sharing my research with the public, and this autoethnography traces my transformation from an academic historian to a storyteller in my own right.
Parham, Claire Puccia
"Beyond the Interview: A Historian’s Journey into Community Storytelling,"
Storytelling, Self, Society:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol10/iss2/4