Connecting People to Places

Coastal Voices: Linking Generations” oral histories available online

Midgett bus

Midgett bus.  Photo courtesy of the Midgett family.

“That bus line, we started on July 28, 1938, and we operated it for thirty-five years.  Most of the people that went off the island went with us, rode with us.”   –Anderson Midgett, 1988.  

Sept. 1, 2015

Buxton, NC–Saltwater Connections has announced that “Coastal Voices: Linking Generations,” an oral history collection, is now available for free online viewing.

The collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of 30 oral history interviews conducted with Hatteras Island and Ocracoke residents between 1978 and 2003 for the Southern Oral History Project and the National Park Service Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ethnohistory Project. 

The collection can be accessed through the Collections tab in the menu bar on the Coastal Voices website (www.carolinacoastalvoices.com).

The Outer Banks Community Foundation provided funds to digitize the recordings.  Audio clips from the interviews have been featured on the Coastal Voices website, Radio Hatteras,  and the Outer Banks Heritage Trails website, and will be used in Port Light, a project tracing connections between Outer Banks communities and mainland ports when boats were the primary mode of transportation.

 The Outer Banks History Center and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore loaned tapes of the interviews to facilitate digitization.

The collection is housed in the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center’s online oral history archive that also includes Cape Lookout: The Connie Mason Collection, funded by Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Raising the Story: Menhaden Fishing, funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Coastal Voices is an oral history project about the marine heritage of the Outer Banks and Down East region of North Carolina.  As coastal North Carolina undergoes rapid change, residents want to ensure that their community’s legacy of resiliency and strength is documented for future generations.

For more information, please contact Karen Amspacher, Saltwater Connections coordinator and Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center director, at kwamspacher@ec.rr.com or 252-723-0982.