New London Oral History Project

Historic photo of New London

"Storytelling is an art form that transcends age, race and culture. It goes right to the heart of human experience."
-Storyteller, Bobby Norfolk

Stories naturally emerge, giving us a glimpse into the life of someone else, a place or a moment in time; allowing us to be part of the story. Stories told embody a person; a place. For us, that place is a little town called New London, home of Sibley State Park. The places where our first Minnesota settlers once struggled to build a future for themselves are the places we go to seek solitude today.

Since the summer of 2015 the New London Oral History Project has been collecting oral histories of neighbors and visitors of Sibley State Park. From members of the Greatest Generation to those who caught the biggest fish of their lives on Lake Andrew, their stories are told here. So sit back; listen to a story. Close your eyes and picture it. For these are the stories of people, being told in the places those stories were born.

Request or submit an interview to Kelsey Olson


For information on how to navigate the interviews, check out our Guide to Using the New London Oral History Page.