2013 Dec. 5
McGowan, J. G.
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Jon McGowan, early member of the Wind Energy Center at UMass: arrived at UMass in 1967 after working at Dupont. Early impressions of UMass in rapid growth. Interest in thermodynamics and energy conversion; introduction to Bill Heronemus and renewable energy. Early grants for ocean thermal energy and wind energy and creation of the "Solar house," putting ... more
2015 Dec. 15
Monterey (Mass.) - Interview with longtime Monterey resident and artist George Emmons, who discusses art, life, times in Monterey, community involvement and plans for the future.
2016 Sept. 5
Monterey (Mass.) - Interview with longtime Gould Farm workers and residents about their various experiences pertaining to Gould Farm. Bob Gardiner lived at the farm from 1943 to 1954, and since then, he has intermittently volunteered at the farm; he is currently an associate member of its Board of Directors. Bob Rausch came to Gould Farm in 1978 and has worked there ever since; he is curr... more
2018 Nov. 24
Springfield (Mass.) - Phuong Do is a self-described daughter, wife, mother, and social worker. Her job allows her to be involved with the Vietnamese/American Community as a mental health counselor, using her bilingualism to extend healthcare to Vietnamese/Americans in the area. Her immigration to the U.S. was marked by difficulty, especially with the language barrier and cultural assimilation, which are struggles that pers... more
2017 Nov. 21
Pittsfield, Mass. - Shirley Edgerton talks about growing up in Hemingway, South Carolina, Mt. Vernon, NY, South Bronx and North Bronx, NY. Extended family was essential to her childhood, as was the Methodist in Mt. Vernon, NY, where she found mentors who guided, took care of her and modelled a mentoring role that she would follow through her adult life. Shirley attended Herbert Lehman Coll... more
2018 May 15
Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Evelyn Pratt, born in Columbus, Ohio, Evelyn Judy Gammon, in 1948, talks about living on Grant Ave., where her father bought a house and dug out his own basement. Her mother died when she was young, and eventually Evelyn had a major role in the upkeep her the house and family. The children walked to Weinland Park Elementary school. Though she wanted to go... more
2018 Jan. 30
Pratt, Charles, Rev.
Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Rev. Charles Pratt, pastor of Victory Church of God in Christ in Pittsfield, Mass. Rev. Pratt was born in Columbus, Ohio. His father was a Tuskegee Airman, and as a child Charles lived in the Azores and other places. Charles loved music in school, and really began to like school in college, Ohio State University, where he has a scholarship and studied psy... more
2018 Nov. 27
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) - Conclusion of interview with former UMass Amherst student, Cheryl Griffin, who was an undergraduate student from 1965-1969, looking through and reading parts of the 1965 UMass yearbook, the Index. See murg050_9-i002 for oral history interview with Griffin.
2015 July 17
Amherst (Mass.) - Conversation with Francis Barton, longest serving president of AFSCME Local 1776 (2000-2013), and for a few years before vice-president under Charlotte Chandler-Laroe (Charlotte Coates at the time). Memories of growing up in Athol, Mass., during the era of World War II.; German prisoners of war in Athol; relatives in the service; father worked as a woodpecker in the Qua... more
2017 June 8
Great Barrington, Mass. - Wray Gunn, longtime resident of Sheffield, Mass., Chemist, Director of Quality Control for Nelco Metals, later part of Pfizer, was born in Atlanta and lived part of his childhood in various places in the South. He talks about segregation, moving North, living in Lee and Stockbridge, Mass., attending UMass, being invited to play with the St. Louis Browns, but going to co... more