History Cherokee volunteers took advantage of the captive audience at this summer’s Holbrook camp meeting to add to the audio archives recounting the history of our county.
In its 183rd year, the annual gathering attracts generations of families born and raised in Cherokee County. During the 10-day event, History Cherokee volunteers conducted 17 interviews with more than 35 participants from families whose ancestors have attended camp meeting as far back as 1838.
“Being able to collect stories from families who have been attending camp meetings since the early days is a phenomenal opportunity for us at History Cherokee to actively discover, celebrate and preserve this history for our community,” said Kaylee Johnson, Collections and Exhibits Manager of History Cherokee.
Oral History Committee members collect and preserve stories from individuals who can share a different and unique perspective on a significant event or experience. History Cherokee holds more than 200 recorded stories resulting in conversations with World War II veterans, Canton Cotton Mill workers, ATF agents and individuals who experienced school integration in the 1960s.