The Eastern Shore Heritage Fieldwork Initiative has four separate but related components. In order of priority these are:
Elder Contact Campaign
The Elder Contact Campaign will record life history narratives from key elders who grew up and/or lived most of their lives on the Eastern Shore. We will start with over 20 men and women who are over the age of 80 and still have excellent recall of their life on the Eastern Shore. These interviews will be transcribed and made available to the public, as well as catalogued and preserved for future generations. The campaign will collect and catalogue genealogical and documentary information of all kinds from these elders (if they wish to donate it) or copy it (if they prefer to keep the originals) and add it to the store of catalogued records in the Eastern Shore Archives.
Community Photo Database
The collection of community photographs (scanned from donors who keep their originals) and the accurate dating, identification and cataloguing of these images for the community photo database is of the upmost importance. This component is closely connected to the Elder Contact Campaign, as often it is our elders who can identify and describe the photos collected from other sources. Although we have roughly 3000 images in the existing database, there are many geographic, social and economic gaps that need to be filled.
On-line Resource Centre
The technology now exists, at a reasonable cost (both start-up and maintenance), to make accessible via our website, a variety of records such as Vital Statistics transcriptions, archival holdings, images, and information collected via the Elder Contact Campaign. This will assist out-of-province researchers with connections to the Eastern Shore who are unable to visit us in person.
Memory Lane Heritage Village Interpretive Research
Memory Lane’s mission focuses on the authentic re-creation of a typical Eastern Shore village from the time period July 1st, 1940 to July 1st, 1950. Our commitment to authenticity is very strong and we already devote substantial volunteer resources to documenting how people lived and worked during this time period, which was a time of significant social change. While we have already investigated many topics in depth (agriculture, mining, service stations, garages and automobile transportation), there are other topics, ranging from midwifery to moonshine-making, that we have not documented at all.