Collections: Archives Oral History

The park Oral History collection dates back to the 1980s, beginning with the park Historian interviewing local ranchers and their families to develop an historic resource study that included each ranch in the park. The Historian also interviewed men who worked at the Lighthouse, Lifeboat Station, the RCA radio stations, and the town of Hamlet for additional resource studies. Several interviews were conducted in the 1990s by fisheries to record memories of watershed resources, particularly steelhead and coho salmon in park. Another group of about twenty recorded and transcribed interviews were collected in 2007, during the production of Managing a Land In Motion: An Administrative History of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Oral History Oral History

Last updated: November 1, 2016

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