Two Projects: One in the Works and One Near Completion


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I’ve been working on a project. I’ll unveil it within the next three weeks. I want to “go public” with it RIGHT NOW but I need to get a few ducks in a row before I do.

In case you are wondering if the project has to do with prints of Mother’s watercolors…no, it does not. I take that back; indirectly, it does. I’m sure that Mother, having been Marion the Librarian for 35 years for the Rolfe Public Library, would be pleased to know about the project.

I mention all of this because I don’t want the lack of recent posts to make anyone think I’ve been slacking. Quite the contrary.

So far, 75 of the 100 Rolfe, Iowa, 1980-81 oral history tapes have commitments to be sponsored (7 of these yet to be paid).* Of the 25 that have not been sponsored, four of them are recordings of meetings regarding the oral history project. If you subtract those four meetings tapes, that means only 21 of the actual interview tapes are yet to be sponsored. Splendid. What a tribute to those who expended time and energy to interview and be interviewed in 1980 and 1981 to now have their friends and loved ones (and, in some cases, the interviewees, themselves) keep the oral histories alive.

Once all of the 1980-81 oral histories are digitized and cataloged, the oral histories on CDs will be accessible at the Rolfe Public Library.

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* Unsponsored tapes may still be sponsored. Because the project is nearing completion, any sponsorships should now be made payable to the “Rolfe Public Library Trust,” and no longer to Wild Faces Gallery. Any questions about the project may be directed to me at . Questions may also be asked at the library; however library personnel may not be aware of the most recent ins and outs of the project.

Note added March 29th: CD copies of the oral histories (preferably of oral histories already sponsored) may also be ordered for $10.70 each plus $2.30 shipping, with payment to Wild Faces Gallery. For any questions regarding copies you may contact me at or the gallery at 712-848-3399. (The $29.96 for a sponsorship payable to the Rolfe Public Library Trust includes one “free” copy of the sponsored tape.)

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6 Responses to “Two Projects: One in the Works and One Near Completion”

  1. Peg Says:

    Just trying something here–seeing if this symbol ❤ makes a heart when it's posted.

  2. Peg Says:


  3. Peg Says:

    Hahaha! For the first time I received a notice that “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.” 🙂

  4. Peg Says:

    Anyway . . .

    Amazing about your post! I love the photo. And the oh-so-familiar handwriting. Heart.

  5. Peg Says:

    SUSPENSE! About your new project!

    (You slacker, you! NOT! NEVER! Even when you’re relaxing, you’ve SO “earned” it!!!)

  6. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that notices like the “posting comments too quickly” got sent. As in from WordPress? Seriously?

    Peggy, you would love looking at all of the oral history tapes and seeing Mother’s distinct handwriting on so many of them. (And, for anyone reading the post and these comments who doesn’t already know, in this post’s photo it is Mother’s handwriting on Daddy’s oral history audiocassette tape — the one where he is interviewed by Roy Simonson.)

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