Who We Are,
Interviews & Audio Stories
While reading writers’ words to take in who they are and what their sense of their community is provides a wonderful glimpse into their lives, hearing the actual voices of community members opens us to another dimension of their stories.
Mark Souther, director of the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, along with graduate assistant, Sarah Nemeth, worked with the Who We Are, Where We Live project to deepen and broaden its perspective by capturing oral stories, something that they have done much of as contributors to the Cleveland History banks.
For Who We Are, they visited Buckeye’s East End Neighborhood House, an early community settlement house now providing social services to Buckeye community members. There they asked questions of five staff members , such as:
-Where and when did you grow up? What was it like to grow up in this home/country/neighborhood/time?
-Why is this place special? Do you have an emotional connection?
-When you think of the future in this neighborhood, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?
Long-time Buckeye resident Bianca Butts
East End Neighborhood House employee James Jones
Cleveland native Annie Byers
Program participant Rachel Groce
and East End Enrollment Specialist Megan Gurley
Click here to listen to the complete stories that emerged from these short interviews, shining light on each individual’s role at East End, unique background, and experience as community members.