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Library to conduct oral history project on Lake Lanier

A new grant will help the Forsyth County Public Library preserve the history of Lake Lanier.

Officials with the library recently accepted a community impact grant from the North Georgia Community Foundation, which will go toward oral history projects and recollections dealing with the lake.

“We started small with the idea of a local oral history project. We used very basic equipment to capture the first interview recordings, but we realized that new skills and equipment would be necessary to create an archive that will stand the test of time,” said Cumming Library Information Services Supervisor Dudzinski.

The grant means the library’s four branches are equipped to conduct and record interviews with locals starting on Monday, Jan. 6, for “Lane Lanier Memories,” which will be available online later this year.

“We’re grateful to the North Georgia Community Foundation for their support of Forsyth Remembers and our staff is already training and practicing with the new recording equipment this grant made possible,” Dudzinski said.

Earlier this year, the library conducted similar interviews for an oral history project of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 2019.

Library officials said they were looking for “memories of the construction of Buford Dam and the flooding of Lake Lanier or other stories of fishing, boating, and local folklore surrounding the lake now submerged under its waters.”

Those wanting to schedule an interview can call (770) 781-9840.