The Hudson River Museum has embarked on a new long-term project, American Journeys, to gather and record personal stories tracing the movement of various population groups into Westchester County. The first chapter of the project: The Great Migration: Stories from the South to the North, is based on first person narratives of Yonkers residents who journeyed from the South to settle in the suburban area of Westchester County following World War II.
In the autumn of 2001, oral and video histories of 15 local residents were gathered by a team of Museum staff members, Marymount College students of the "Great Migration" course taught by Dr. Roger Panetta, and S.U.N.Y. Purchase students of photographer and instructor Jim Hinton. They conducted interviews and gathered personal records, photographs and memorabilia that helped "tell" each narrator's personal story. In January 2002, The Hudson River Museum opened the exhibit "The Great Migration: Stories from the South to the North", which was entirely developed from the recordings and materials of the narrators. The exhibit will be on view until May 12, 2002. The recorded histories and transcripts, as well as reproductions of the photographs, will become a part of the permanent and accessible collection of the Westchester County Historical Society.
The collaborative process that developed during the work on The Great Migration: Stories from the South to the North has established the framework for the continuing exploration and documentation of American Journeys to Westchester County.
Click on the photos of the individuals below to follow their journeys:
2001 Hudson River Museum