Voices from the Harbor: Sharing Our Stories, Strengthening Our Community
What role can memory, story and artifacts play in fostering resilience, building community, and sparking creative problem-solving?
Relationships, networks, memory, storytelling - all contribute to what makes a community work.
The primary goal of Voices from the Harbor - an event series co-produced by Window Seat Media and The Evergreen State College and funded by Humanities Washington - is to put the Harbor region’s history to work as a community development tool. Some of the project’s core assumptions are that, if you know what to look for, a walk down the street can reveal the history of a community, a neighbor’s memory can provide insight into the lessons and experiences of a generation of citizens. By creating a space for community conversations about the evolution of the Harbor, we hope to add critical perspective to development efforts intended to solve contemporary issues like affordable housing and homelessness.
The project brings primary resource materials to life through an interpretative tour, a showcase of community-driven oral histories, and a World Cafe style community conversation. Community members have opportunities to engage with photographs (historic and contemporary), maps, oral histories, and other artifacts as they consider the evolution of their community. Through the process we hope to provide opportunities to bridge generations, build relationships, and strengthen the future on the Harbor.
Read about the project in the Aberdeen Daily World