20200307_bta_Marshfield history

Marshfield resident Pam Quinn gets interviewed by Paul and Jeanne Haskell during Town Meeting in Marshfield on Tuesday.

Town Meeting Day in Marshfield included an unusual addition this year. In a classroom, off to the side from the main attraction, where our town still sits down to discuss local business in the Twinfield School cafeteria, was a professional interview space. Two stools sat in the middle of the room, serving as the focal point for a video camera on a tripod, microphones, and lighting equipment. Here, several Marshfield residents were working together to capture stories from the town’s people.

As residents trickled into the meeting throughout the morning, several of them stopped off to be interviewed. Their shared stories are being collected as part of a town-wide effort to document the town’s history. Marshfield’s Story Project, as it is officially known, aims to preserve Marshfield’s community memory through interviews with residents across generations, which are collected into video recordings and added to the online digital archive at the Vermont Historical Society’s website, called Digital Vermont.

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