Sharing our Stories


Caldwell Public Library received a 2014 MakerSpaces grant from LibraryLinkNJ and the NJ State Library to create a model for a local oral history project, recording the recollections of residents about life in Caldwell. The project gathered interviews at Marion Manor, Grover Cleveland Middle School and Hadassah.


Photographs by Barb Hauck-Mah


Marion Manor

In April 2014, Frances Larkey from Caldwell Public Library chatted with 7 residents at Marion Manor, an active senior community in Caldwell, New Jersey. The women interviewed shared reminiscences about their lives in Caldwell and the surrounding New Jersey towns.

Grover Cleveland Middle School

On May 8, 2014,  Grover Cleveland Middle School students in Mr. Paul Kotlewski's and Mrs. Maura Lincoln's classes interviewed a relative or family friend about their life in Caldwell, New Jersey. The project was part of Grade 7's annual local history project. The students did research and prepared questions based on the StoryCorps interview approach. For more information about StoryCorps, visit


On March 19, 2014, Story Corps interviewer Elizabeth Perez and facilitator Christina Stanton from New York led an interactive workshop on the Story Corps interviewing approach for Sharing our Stories volunteers at Caldwell Public Library. Volunteers included representatives from the Caldwell Library staff, the Board of Trustees, the CPL Foundation, the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools, the Caldwell Historic Commission and grant partner Hadassah. For more information about the StoryCorps interview model, visit