Oral history project at Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park

Have a story to tell? Whether it's a memory of early picnics at Sibley State Park or about why you made New London your community, the New London Oral History Project wants to hear it!

People of all ages are invited to share their stories and memories this summer.

"I'll be focusing on three different generations," said Kelsey Olson, the naturalist at Sibley State Park who will be leading the story collection. "New London is experiencing an influx of people in their late 20s, 30s and 40s, and I'd like to find out from them how they use the park and why they moved to town. I'll also be asking younger community members where they play and explore, and I'll compare their stories with those of older community members. I hope some of them will share memories about early recreation and the creation of Sibley State Park."

Want a story told?

Kelsey Olson, park naturalist, can help you! Call or email Kelsey to have an interview conducted, or she can help you organize and interview with questions and recording for you to conduct on your own. Call 320-354-2002 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Where your stories will go

Currently recorded New London Oral History Project stories are now available to be listened to and read on Minnesota Reflections, part of the Minnesota Digital Library, where all future stories will also be archived.

Soon, stories will also be on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's New London Oral History Project webpage.

The project is made possible by an ArtPlace America grant from the National Creative Placemaking Fund received by the New London Riverplace Project.