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Growing Community: Shelby Middle School Oral Histories

The "Growing Community" project is supported in part by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A collaboration among GVSU, El Centro Hispano de Oceana County, and the Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society, its goal is to collect stories and digital copies of photos, letters, scrapbooks, and related materials that will tell the history of Oceana's agricultural communities for the first time.

Launched in January 2016, project team members spoke with Shelby Middle School students about their memories growing up in Oceana County in April 2016. Many thanks to Penny Burillo, Eva Berumen, Courtney Sherwood, Kassie O'Brien, Bri Luginbill, Kevin Joffre and all of the community members, students, teachers, and staff who made this event such a success.

Upcoming events include an all-day Community History Harvest event on Saturday, June 18 in the Hart Community Room and Hart Public Library.

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