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AACHM Oral History: Paul Edwin Wasson

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March 6, 2014

Paul Edwin Wasson was born September 8, 1923, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After leaving school in the tenth grade, Mr. Wasson joined the United States Army at the beginning of World War II. In 1943, Mr. Wasson left the Army and came to Detroit. Arriving on the heels of the Detroit Riots, he decided to head west to Ypsilanti. Mr. Wasson marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s; worked at the University of Michigan Hospital for seventeen years, and is most proud of his children. He encourages all young people to get an education.

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Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
01:24:24
 

AACHM Oral History: Tessie Freeman

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February 4, 2014

Tessie Ola Freeman was born June 19, 1924 in Alabama and has lived in Washtenaw County since 1947. An avid lover of poetry and spectator sports, Ms. Freeman raised three children while doing domestic work and dressing hair to supplement her family’s income. Ms. Freeman is proud of her children and encouraged them to get an education, even going so far as to enroll at Wayne State University at the same time her youngest son. Ms. Freeman has always spoken for herself and she’s proud to share her story.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
00:36:23
 

AACHM Oral History: Barbara Meadows

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January 14, 2014

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Barbara Meadows was born October 1, 1933, in Albion, Michigan, and spent her childhood in Inkster, Michigan, before moving to Ann Arbor in her youth. She attended Talladega College in Alabama, followed by Smith College, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Ms. Meadows worked in the University of Michigan Neuropsychiatric Institute and worked for several years in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She has been a leader or founder of several community-based organizations and served on numerous boards including the University Musical Society Board, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Washtenaw Community College, and the Peace Neighborhood Center. She was appointed to Ann Arbor’s Human Relations Committee in the 1960s.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
01:29:08
 

AACHM Oral History: Johnny Barfield

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May 6, 2014

Johnny W. Barfield was born February 8, 1927, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As a child he sold soap house to house and, after tenth grade, joined the U.S. Army where he served in France and Germany. After leaving the Army in 1947, Mr. Barfield became a wall washer for the University of Michigan, where hard work, entrepreneurship, and innovation helped him build the largest cleaning business in Ann Arbor. Mr. Barfield is widely recognized for his philanthropic work and support of the African American and business communities.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
01:28:41
 

AACHM Oral History: Dorothy Wilson

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April 1, 2014

Dorothy Wilson was born November 28, 1911, in Mount Vernon, New York. She grew up in New York, where she also met her husband, living for several years in Brooklyn. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at the Brooklyn State Hospital. After her husband’s death she retired and moved, in 1972, to Ypsilanti to be near her family where she became active in volunteer work for Church Women United through Brown Chapel AME Church in Ypsilanti, the Beyer Hospital Auxiliary, and the Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
01:11:55
 

Phase Two of the Living Oral History Project

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September 25, 2014

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Compilation video from Phase Two of the Living Oral History Project, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. With Johnny Barfield, Tessie Freeman, Barbara Meadows, Paul Wasson, and Dorothy Wilson.

by Matt Dubay

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
02:28
 

AACHM Oral History: Phase One of the Living Oral History Project

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2013

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Compilation video from Phase One of the Living Oral History Project in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. With Rosemarion Blake, Russell Calvert, Lydia Morton Willis Patterson, and Johnnie Mae Seeley.

By Laurie White

With special thanks to filmmaker Laurie White and the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

Length: 
25:35
 

Show & Tell for Grownups

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May 10, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Do you have a special item at home that you would like to share with others? Something that has a particular story that is meaningful to you – or something that reveals a bit about Ann Arbor’s past? We all remember bringing a treasured possession to school and telling our friends why we love it so much. As adults, we have many more treasures today. Consider a photo or letter, a family heirloom, an object from a job or trip, an ancient artifact, a work of art, new or old, that has meaning to you. It’s the story that counts.

Each participant for this event took five minutes to tell the story behind the object. There’s no reading or performing; this is amateur storytelling.

Show & Tell events for adults are sweeping the nation, with recent publicity of the trend in the Wall Street Journal. Described as The Moth Radio Hour meets Antiques Roadshow, these events focus on connecting people through their personal histories.

The local organizers—Janet Ogle-Mater, Chuck Newman, and Stephanie Kadel Taras—are members of the Association of Personal Historians, which promotes Show & Tells in May to celebrate Personal History Awareness Month. Dozens of communities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia hosted Show & Tell events for grown-ups in May.

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Show & Tell for Grownups
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
56:10
 

New York Times Modern Love Columnist Daniel Jones Discusses His New Book “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers)”

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May 18, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Since its inception in 2004, Daniel Jones has edited the wildly popular Modern Love column, which runs weekly in the Sunday New York Times.

He discusses his just-released new book Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers) the story of love from beginning to end (or not). This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

As the editor of a column about love in the New York Times, Daniel Jones has been privy to the deepest personal revelations of tens of thousands of strangers. Deluged with stories of scheming cheaters, hopeless romantics, racy texts, and fierce devotion, he has spent much of the past decade wading through love's muck and majesty—and has taken plenty of notes along the way. In "Love Illuminated," Daniel Jones draws from the 50,000 tales of love that have crossed his desk and traces the arc of human relationships through ten phases, starting with the pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, and trust of new love, and then turning to the practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom of love matured. With empathy and wry humor, he takes readers on an enlightening journey through the highs, lows, and enduring unknowns of this universal experience that rattles the head and stirs the heart.

As Jones explains, "Love is about curiosity, not certainty. It's about tossing oneself overboard into the wild seas, not remaining safely on deck."

Daniel Jones’ books include two essay anthologies, Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion and The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom. His novel, After Lucy, was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Parade, Real Simple, Redbook, and elsewhere.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
01:09:11
 

New York Times Bestselling Author Louise Penny, Discusses Her New Mystery 'The Long Way Home'

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August 28, 2014 at the Morris J. Lawrence Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College

AADL hosted New York Times Bestselling author, Louise Penny at Washtenaw Community College, discussing the tenth book in her Chief Inspector Gamache series, The Long Way Home, released on August 26th.

Louise Penny is renowned for fiction that combines heartbreak and hope, and offers a window into the human soul. "How Light Gets In", the last of her Chief Inspector Gamache series hit #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List. Louise continues to up the ante with her vibrant series – each one more unique and memorable than the last.

Penny's nine previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels reached #1 on the The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling list . She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger, the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

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Ann Arbor District Library