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Home   »  Oral History Project

Preserving Our Past

John and Phoebe Stebbins have preserved the memories of the late 19th and early 20th century for the entire community.  Recognizing the historical importance of the knowledge and memories of life-long or long-time residents of Hanover and Etna, John and Phoebe Stebbins began a series of interviews visiting people in their homes and asking them to tell their stories.  

The early recordings were made on a reel-to-reel recorder and were later transferred to audio cassette.  The audio cassettes were given to Howe Library by Ann Cioffi, daughter of John and Phoebe Stebbins. The cassettes were edited and transferred to WAV format using Adobe Audition, then transferred to MP3 format.  Download and listen to the following audio files:

Fairie Snow
  Part 1
  Part 2
  Part 3
Recorded February 12, 1961
Edith Foster Goddard
  Part 1
  Part 2
Recorded in 1965 (exact date unknown)
Mae Smith   
Recorded November 23, 1965
Bessie Ward
  Part 1
  Part 2
Recorded December 16, 1965
Mary Mason
  Part 1
  Part 2
Recorded December 26, 1965
Mae Adams, Ethel Grasse &
Helene Polland
  Part 1
  Part 2
  Part 3
Recorded April 9, 1968

This oral history project was made possible by the generous donation of time and expertise of Doug Smith, Norwich University Communications Department and Rick Goodwin, ValleyNet. For more information on this project, or if you have any recordings of local historical value and would like to make them available, please contact us.

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