Gathering Our Voice


Gathering Our Voice


The oral history recordings collected through the Gathering Our Voice program started with regional partners in 2005. The collection contains over 300 interviews that highlight stewardship practices at local, regional, and statewide levels that have contributed to healthy and sustainable communities. These recordings explore stories about maintaining diverse, healthy ecosystems, fostering a high quality of life for all, and bridging cultural and political divides. Interviews are cataloged according to these categories:  

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and culture
  • Business
  • Community character and history
  • Community collaboration
  • Education
  • Family history
  • Fire management
  • Food systems
  • Forestry and logging
  • Health care
  • Land stewardship
  • Leadership
  • Local government
  • Natural environment
  • Organizational development
  • Planning & development
  • Recreation
  • Social networks

Transcripts are included for most interviews, many of which have been featured in these projects:  

Many of the Gathering Our Voice oral histories also link to content in the Success Story Exchange, an annual story gathering and sharing process IRIS facilitates as part of the NCW Community Success Summit each year. 

View the Gathering Our Voice Terms of Use and the Gathering Our Voice Release Form.