Celebrate the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project on Wednesday, September 21st

Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project

Here’s a neighborhood event that’s not to miss. Six years ago, the Macon MacDonough Stuyvesant Lewis Block Association began interviewing its most senior members of the community. Every year since then, the block association has recorded and photographed five people who grew up in the neighborhood, then they edit the hour-long interview to between seven and 12 minutes and pair it with a photograph of the subject. You can see all the past profiles here. In September, the association presents all five oral histories to the public.

Well, this year’s oral history project is ready for its public debut. Mary-Ann Monforton, the vice president of the association, says that “the evening is nothing short of a love fest, where we honor our seniors for their contribution to the project and sharing their stories with us.” The event has grown from about 40 attendees to 130. Peaches Restaurant provides a buffet supper, Olivino’s donates wine, and the singer Patsy Grant opens the event. See, told you this was not to miss!

This year, St. Philips Church (256 Decatur Street, between Lewis and Stuyvesant) is hosting. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All the proceeds go toward the continuation of the oral history project.

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