Scranton Stories Oral History Collection

The story collection process will highlight various Scranton individuals, giving voice to a wide array of Scranton experiences and including underrepresented communities.

Questions will explore participants' Scranton story and ask questions that address “civic promise,” providing an engaging new humanities resource for the project and beyond.

  • What does it mean to be a Scrantonian?
  • What does it mean to be an “American” as the United States prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary?
  • How can we achieve a more perfect union? 

The interviews will explore themes of belonging and displacement; faith, family and community; and the place of citizens and community members in making change in the context of Scranton and American history.  

The story collection project is rooted in the central place that diverse human stories play in the humanities, and is critical to the goal of sharing Scranton’s stories as archetypal of other stories representing the many American experiences.

Stories help to preserve history and culture, and crucially they foster empathy, the ability to see an issue from another’s perspective.

Oral histories will be collected and curated throughout the project; individual stories will be previewed at related themes and at the final project event in 2023. In addition, there will be opportunities for further public engagement via social media campaigns.

Updates and opportunities for engagement will be shared as the project progresses.  

Sharing Scranton Stories

"Scranton Stories" is a part of the "Scranton's Story, Our Nation's Story" project focused on collecting the many diverse experiences and perspectives that make up the city of Scranton, what it means to be a "Scrantonian," and what hopes the people of Scranton have as we look to both the future of our city and the nation's upcoming 250th anniversary.

As a community, we have so much to share and you can submit your own Scranton story via our online form. 

Share Your Scranton Story

"The one true democracy we have is storytelling. It goes across borders, boundaries, genders, wealth, race -- everyone has a story to tell."