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Mann, Eleana Kay
Eleana Kay Mann, Rochester resident, recalls memories of raising a family in Rochester in the 1960s and 1970s, and shares the story of an encounter with prominent resident Matilda Dodge Wilson while waiting in line to vote at a local elementary school. Mann’s great-great-grandparents immigrated from Germany, settled in the area and eventually came to own one of downtown Rochester’s historic buildings (now the home of Janet Varner shop). Recorded at a public collection event at the Festival Park Gazebo at the Village of Rochester Hills on March 9, 2010, by Timothy Briggs. Run time 11:37.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Wilson Matilda Dodge
Hage, Christine Lind
Christine Lind Hage, RHPL director, shares the 100-year-old story of the Rochester Hills Public Library in an oral history collected at the RHPL on April 1, 2010. Follow the story of the first documented library in Rochester in 1872 to the building of the first facility on University and Pine to the 1992 relocation to the current facility on Olde Towne Road, visited by 1500-2500 people every day. She tells stories about individuals and community groups who were involved in building, designing, working and even gardening in the various locations. Recorded by Rebecca Rivard, this oral history stresses the central value of RHPL to Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township residents and pays homage to individual efforts and contributions. Run time 32:11.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Woodward Parker Eva, Comstock Florence, Schrader Leona, Currey Grace, Wilson Pat Olson, Mitzelfeld Monty, Mumby Jim, Bonam Robert

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