In 1974 the Concord Historical Commission launched the town’s official oral history program. The first interviews were conducted by local historian Renee Garrelick in 1977. Since that time, the program interviewed hundreds of Concord citizens representing diverse aspects of Concord life. Their stories are preserved and made available in the William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library; a selection of the interviews are also accessible on the Library’s website. Upon the passing of Ms. Garrelick in 2006, the collection was named in her honor to acknowledge her dedication to oral history and her love of Concord.
The Concord Historical Commission welcomes nominations for new oral history projects or individual interviews. Please submit your nomination here or by mailing the attached application form. The Commission’s Oral History Subcommittee, whose members include the Curator of Special Collections, Town Archivist, and representatives from the Historical Commission, will review your nomination. Please note, only a limited number of interviews are conducted each year due to limited staff and funds.
Submit the completed application to the Concord Historical Commission, c/o Department of Planning and Land Management, 141 Keyes Road, Concord MA 01742 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.