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Oral Histories

Danville has a long tradition of gathering oral histories from its various citizens. Beginning in 1976, as part of the Bicentennial, the well-known and lesser-known have been recorded so that succeeding generations may hear for themselves what life was like in Danville and earlier eras.

Forkland Oral Histories 

At the 50th Anniversary Forkland Festival (October 8-9, 2021), the Boyle County Library conducted Oral Histories about the Forkland Community and its residents.  They discussed what was unique to them and their own community experience.  The overall response was that the close-knit Forkland community was significant—people working together to help each other in everyday affairs and starting the Community Center and the Forkland Festival to keep the community and its heritage alive and thriving.

The oral histories that were recorded have now been edited for easier listening.  

Kentucky Oral History Commission - Coming Soon

This collection began with the Kentucky Oral History Commission's effort to establish oral history programs in each of the state's 120 counties. County libraries worked with local volunteers to collect interviews. Since 1987, county oral histories have been generated primarily by recipients of technical assistance grants from the commission that provide training and equipment to volunteer interviewers. Interviews donated by independent researchers are also included; 86 interviews 122 audio cassette tapes; 2 photographs.