History project looks to future

THE Derby History Group is combining history with the future as part of its Smart Communities Project for 2008.

Using digital recordings of local residents, the group plans to store personal stories from the past on a touch screen computer. “We’re collecting general stories about what life was like when Derby was a busy and bustling community,” president of the group Virginia Valentino said.

“Our ultimate goal is to have a touch screen with a patchwork of photos on display so tourists can select a face and view the story on a large television screen.

“We have one lady that was an eyewitness to the 1929 floods that came crashing through the town.”

This project is all part of the plan for the Derby history room, which came to fruition after the closure of a replica shanty town.

“Local feeling was so strong about losing a connection with the past that something else had to be done,” she said. Housed in the old school building, the history room will feature a multitude of artefacts at different times during the year.

“We would love to hear from anybody who is interested in having their story documented, or anyone who knows someone of interest,” Mrs Valentino said.

She can be contacted during business hours on 63347252.

The Smart Communities Award is open to those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to building their community through programmes carried out in 2007. Entries close on February 4 and awards will be announced in the week of The Examiner’s 166th birthday during March.

Entry details and forms can be obtained from Edwina Yates at The Examiner on 63367351 or [email protected]苏州美甲学校.au.

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