The Barre Oral History Project
The Barre Oral History Project is about work, how it has changed, and the possibilities of a post-work society. Barre, VT was once known as a center of industry -- the "Granite Center of the Word" -- but now it is more known for its sinking economy and struggles with poverty. Everyone has experienced this new economic reality differently, but, in the words of one interviewee, "when we're cut, we all bleed red". Using original drawings and oral histories, narratives of hope and fear, triumph and struggle come together to form a portrait of the working class in small town America.
I have conducted 18 interviews with different people and have over 30 hours of recorded material. Below are some selected clips.