Students in the School of Social Work are collaborating with UGA’s Archway Partnership to help preserve the oral history of Hart County while gaining valuable experience in working with older citizens. For the last year and a half, students in Associate Professor Stacey Kolomer’s “Working with Older Adults” course have been traveling to Hart County to conduct interviews with elderly residents. The students conducted life-review interviews with the older adults, asking questions about their upbringing and memories from their life in the community. The audiotaped conversations were shared with interviewees and their family members, and some clips were later used in a walking tour of downtown Hartwell. A mini-documentary on the history of the Hartwell Dam, currently in production, uses audio and video clips from the interviews.
To view a photo slideshow of the project, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugasocialwork/sets/72157626897926305/show/.
For more information about the walking tour, see http://archwaypartnership.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Walking-Tour_2.24.11_cropped.pdf.