Madison Public Library’s “Living History” project is looking for good stories; applications due September 19

Madison Public Library is looking for a few good stories through an open call for submissions to the Madison Living History Project.

“We know there are important voices and chapters of Madison’s history that we haven’t explored yet, and we’re looking for individuals or teams of up to three people who can help us identify, connect with, and interview at least five community members who’ve lived those stories,” said Neeyati Shah, Community Engagement Librarian.

Submissions should include a focus on historical moments or changes over time and elevate an underrepresented group or lesser-known chapter of Madison’s history. For example, collections might revolve around changes to neighborhood hangouts or locally owned businesses, the history of a Madison event or initiative, or the experiences of refugee or immigrant groups who’ve made Madison their home.

Selected individuals or teams will receive: training on oral history approaches, interview techniques, and audio recording equipment; library staff support and marketing resources; and payment of $1000. Applications are due September 19, 2022. Applicants will be notified in October and projects should be complete by December 15, 2022.

The Living History Project is a place to share stories and images related to Madison’s history. These are snapshots of Madison neighborhoods, places, people, and events conveyed through conversations with and stories from community members. Past projects on the Madison Living History Project site have documented stories from Garver Feed Mill, the South Madison Neighborhood, and Stories from a Distance, a collection of stories about people’s experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Learn more about the project at Madison Living History Project, find some example project ideas, and apply at

Funding for the Madison Living History Project is provided in part by Madison Public Library Foundation.

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