Friendship Village residents shared their memories of WWII with a group of Waynesburg University graduate students on June 20, 2005. The interviews were recorded on digital recorders and documents relating to WWII were scanned or photographed with digital cameras. The students then went back to their lab at Southpointe and created digital movies. The audio narrations were illustrated with historic documentary photographs from the Library of Congress archives. The Waynesburg University class was taught by Dr. Ann B. Canning and Bonnie Ordonez. Technical assistance was provided by Amy Martin, Digital Preservationist and Barb Kirby, Director of Teaching with Primary Sources at Waynesburg University.
The process used in developing these mini documentary movies was "digital storytelling". According to Leslie Rule, Center for Digital Storytelling, "Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative, and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights." Certainly the lives of these students and those that follow have been enriched by the WWII memories described here.
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