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An Oral Tradition

From the beginning of time, storytelling has been an effective tool in preserving history

May 4, 2021

The MSMU Alumnae Association has launched the Oral History Project to capture alumnae stories and memories for a book that will preserve the history of our beloved institution, as told by those who have lived it. With more than 23,000 alumnae and so many inspiring faculty, staff and sisters throughout the years, there’s no better way to honor the impact our community has had on those who have been an integral part of it than to preserve their stories. 

The Mount has embarked on an oral history project and invites all contributions. The more people who participate, the better the final product will be. Sign up today!
The Mount has embarked on an oral history project and invites all contributions. The more people who participate, the better the final product will be. Sign up today!

To create this oral history that will record our shared connections, we are partnering with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), whose trained staff will work with us to interview alumnae about their student and alumnae experiences then collect and assemble the stories. The collection will be published in a printed book and online archive. Participants do not need to purchase the book to contribute their thoughts to the project. The Mount will retain copies of the digital recordings and book in our library and archives. The alumnae interviews will also be used as research for an MSMU history project to celebrate our centennial in 2025.

At the end of April, alumnae started to receive invitations to participate from the PCI team. We are excited to have an opportunity to work with our alumnae to collect their experiences and voices. The PCI team will gather stories until October 2021, after which time the project will enter a post-production editing phase. Books will be available for purchase in May 2022.

Visit the alumnae webpage for more information. 

 

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