The history of Fairhaven College lies in the multiple stories of those who have spent any time there, in any capacity. They may offer conflicting perspectives. They may not all be love stories. No problem. What is important is that your experience is represented!
Typically, oral history interviews involve an interviewer and narrator, often an "expert" and an "informant." Another model invites those who share an experience to interview each other, exemplified most notably by StoryCorps. Inspired by the WPA project in the 30s, StoryCorps seeks to document the American experience through American voices.
The Fairhaven Memories Project has adopted the StoryCorps model because, unlike the WPA project that usually involved "outsider" interviews, it offers a structure in which "insiders" can share stories about topics they both know well.
Think of the Fairhaven Memories Project as trading stories rather than recording conversations. This means that participants will take turns as narrators and interviewers.
In conversation mode, we often focus on what we're going to say next; in interviewer mode, we tend to listen more carefully so that our probing questions will encourage the narrator to elaborate on the story.