The New York Times has announced an oral history project called The New Hard Times. Readers are invited to interview friends or family members who lived through the Great Depression, and have them share their memories and offer their advice for surviving hard times.
A good example is this video conversation between 96-year-old business school professor at New York University and one of his students : Professor Ernest Kurnow.
One woman who lived through the Depression has become something of an Internet celebrity sharing her recipes and memories on YouTube. 93-year-old grandmother Clara Cannucciari is the star of a series of videos called Depression Cooking with Clara, made by her grandson, filmmaker Chris Cannucciari. Clara’s old-fashioned, simple cooking and engaging manner have won her many fans.
These videos are also good examples for anyone interested in doing an oral history project for their family or their community. Many people freeze up in a recorded interview, but are more comfortable and natural when they are demonstrating a favorite activity, and the results can be more interesting for the viewer as well.
Depression Cooking with Clara, Episode 4 – Peppers and Eggs
- Great Depression Cooking with Clara — Clara’s website and blog
- DepressionCooking — Clara’s YouTube channel
- Skaneateles grandmother cooks up memories on YouTube — by Article by Sean Kirst in the Syracuse Post-Standard about Clara’s life and new fame