Bridging the Generations Through Oral History: Dissemination Through Technology

In 1998, Lenape Regional School District (Burlington County) staff members Michael P. Panarella, John P. Donaldson, and Sanford Schneider received funding from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education for their project Bridging the Generations Through Oral History. This innovative project allowed students the opportunity to interview and video veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Their success and community-wide interest garnered the project a Continuation Grant from the Hipp Foundation the following year when they shifted their attention to Holocaust Survivors, Women Who Went To War, and minority military personnel who served in the Tuskegee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers units.

Thanks to a $5,550 grant from Verizon, the school district, which has been overwhelmed with requests for the tapes and procedural information concerning the project, will be able to meet these requests and disseminate the valuable information these teachers and their students have compiled.

The advanced technology made available through the Verizon/Hipp grant will make the following goals possible:

  • Establish a series of Web pages to allow others to access information about Phases I & II.
  • Format materials to allow students easy access and use of the materials.
  • Form links to school districts to interact with the web pages.
  • Duplicate tapes for distribution.
  • Solicit input from untapped sources who may wish to contribute information to the archives.
  • Develop an instructional CD to help others initiate their own programs.
  • Use Shawnee?s Student Web Club to assist in web page design.

    For more information about this project, contact:

    Michael P. Panarella
    609) 654-5044