Liberty State Park Oral History Project
Liberty State Park is in the process of undertaking an Oral History Research Project. The purpose of this project is to gather as much first-hand information concerning the operation of the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal and the other facilities once located in the area that now constitutes Liberty State Park. This information will be used to augment written accounts, adding the personal views of people who were actually experiencing the day to day events that comprised life in this area from the turn-of-the-century to 1970.
The ultimate goal of this undertaking is to prepare a database of these personal accounts. An archive of the gathered material will be maintained at the park. This information will be used to develop interpretive programs and exhibits, educational programs and as a source for future researchers.
Liberty State Park is looking for people with ties to the CRRNJ (employees, daily commuters, occasional passengers, immigrants that entered the USA via the facility, etc.), the Lehigh Valley Railroad (the same as for the CRRNJ), residents of the area with stories of the facilities, or any other related memories.
These personal accounts of times gone by are an invaluable resource. Frequently overlooked in favor of often dry, impersonal written history, the experiences and insights of people actually present can offer a more personal account of life in the past.
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