About this Project

Conversations with the Past is an oral history digitization project undertaken by the Captain Avery Museum in the Fall of 2014. The purpose of this Omeka site is to provide community discovery and access to oral history transcripts and audiovisual clips that capture the early and current life of people in the Shady Side Community.  

The Captain Avery Museum's Miss Ethel Memorial Library has a collection of more than 150 oral histories in various formats, as well as a collection of printed materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to Shady Side, Maryland, its surrounding communities, and the Chesapeake Bay.

A Bequest from the Estate of Georgia Dent DiPietro has helped us provide this information to the community.

Many thanks to the Four Rivers Heritage Area for providing a mini-grant for this project.