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Oral History Project

Part of the mission of Skinner City Farm is to provide historical context for the neighborhood. In 2005, SCF received a grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition (LCCC) to begin an oral history project to archive local residents’ memories of the neighborhood. Work began with a talking circle at the SCF grand opening in 2005. With help from Bob Hart of the Lane County Historical Museum, and independent museum consultant Alice Parman, SCF identified people to contact for further interviews about the history of this area.

Oral Histories

The interviews below are in mp3 format. They will open in a separate window. If you would like to download them to your computer, follow these instructions:

PC- Right click and choose “Save Link As”
Mac- Apple-click and choose your download location.

Rose and Gary Hill

Our first interview took place on April 27, 2006 at the home of Rose and Gary Hill, on Lawrence Ave. Gary Hill has lived in the house since 1968, Rose Hill since 1978. Bob Hart was the primary interviewer. Karl Benedek was also present with students Nolan Chase, Ben Cox and Zach Carter. Click on the links below to listen to segments of the interview.

Introductions– Who was present at the interview, the date and the location.

Homeowners– Rose and Gary talk about how they helped neighbors become homeowners.

Bessie Gilzow– Remembering a neighborhood matriarch.

David Mulkey

We rode our bikes out to Santa Clara on June 6, 2006 for our second interview, with David Mulkey. His uncle once owned the land that became Skinner City Farm. We wanted to find out what was once on the site, and what the neighborhood and park was like in the 1940?s. Karl Benedek was the primary interviewer, and students Will Ross, Nolan Chase and Ed Zacharek were also present. Audio files of the interview are coming soon!


Be on the lookout for further interviews, photographs and other documentation of the neighborhood’s growth and development.

Contact Us

If you are interested in being interviewed for this project, please contact us at scf@efn.org. You could also call 344-8322 and leave a message with your contact infomation.

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