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Oral history project receives national attention

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Preserving history for scholars, researchers and future generations is the goal of the Hurricane Katrina Oral History project.

People from Southern Miss's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage like Linda Van Zandt, conducted interviews with storm victims just days after Katrina hit. In total, the center collected 400 interviews.

"We have first responders, we have volunteers, we have public officials, just ordinary extraordinary citizens," said Van Zandt.

As part of the project, center staff included voices of the Pine Belt. Former Hattiesburg Red Cross Director, Babs Faulk contributed as did Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree. The Director of the Center for Oral History Louis Kyriakoudes, a Bay St. Louis native, said improvements have made in the years following the storm.

"I think the coast has made terrific progress, there is still more to do but you know our communities are back functioning, our schools are working, there is still construction and repair but I think the coast is really springing back in a wonderful way," said Kyriakoudes.

On Saturday at 4 p.m., National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" news program will feature the work of the Southern Miss Center for Oral History.

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