Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Oral histories formed the nucleus of the early Fort Collins Local History Archive. In the early 1970s, local historian Charlene Tresner established a Fort Collins oral history project to collect the memories of people residing in Fort Collins and Larimer County. Over time, others in the community have captured interviews that explore a variety of topics including the sugar beet industry, ranching, and historical businesses.

The Local History Archive has hundreds oral histories in the collection; over 300 interviews have verbatim transcripts with one copy on hand for research at the Archive and another copy available for check out at the Old Town Library.


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Explore Local Oral History Compilations and Projects

Back Then Video Collection
"Back Then" Video Collection

Soapstone Prairie Oral History Project
Soapstone Prairie Oral History Project

Speaking History: Soapstone Prairie Oral History Project Video
Speaking History: Soapstone Prairie Oral History Project Video

Talking about Fort Collins Book
Talking about Fort Collins Book

WWII Oral History Excerpts
WWII Oral History Excerpts

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery          Poudre River Public Library District
Preserving the history of Fort Collins, Colorado & the Cache la Poudre region