On Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Museum will launch a new online program, In Their Own Words.
In May 2007 the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society began an oral history project, and since that time many interviews have been conducted with longtime Rehoboth residents. These oral histories offer an interesting view of everyday life in Rehoboth Beach from the past. The interviews are transcribed and edited for viewing. This project has been made possible due to a generous donation by a historical society member and grants from the Delaware Humanities Forum.
Robert Thompson, oral history project manager, said: “The project is a very rewarding, interesting and valuable program. The goal is to interview longtime residents of Rehoboth Beach for the purpose of recording the stories of their life in Rehoboth Beach.”
In Their Own Words will make these oral histories available to more people. On Nov. 19 the society will host a live broadcast of Fay Jacobs’ edited oral history video, then conduct a live interview with her, offering a chance for participants to ask questions during a follow-up session. While Jacobs was not born in Rehoboth, she has spent a large portion of her life here and considers it her home. Fay Jacobs has written five books and is a monthly contributor to Delaware Beach Life magazine. She was a driving force behind Main Street in Rehoboth Beach in the ‘80s. She has worked with CAMP Rehoboth for 26 years and is currently editor of the newsletter, Letters from CAMP Rehoboth.
This is an online program and registration is required. Go to the museum’s web page at rehobothbeachmuseum.org, click on the Events tab at the top of the page, then register by clicking on the event title, In Their Own Words: Fay Jacobs.