Greater Centerville Historians is an associate group
that focused on the
collection of oral history.
Through almost 15 years of this taping, we have accumulated over one hundred
DVDs on specific topics of Centerville area history. Each month's topics
have been indexed by text description to aid researchers. DVD's are in the
archive library at Manitowoc County Historical Society (Pinecrest Village) and are available for viewing there.
There is also a set of DVD's at the Manitowoc Public Library which as of March
2020 have not been added to their collections nor put in the card catalog, both
things they "would like to do soon".
Indexes to the series are being developed beginning in 2017, and our the entire collection
located with CSI will soon be elevated to "the cloud".
If you are interested in joining or helping us
with transcription or transferring from VHS, audio tapes, or DVD's all to "the
cloud", please contact Kathy Sixel at 920-693-8525 or Chris Kuehnel Tech at
As of October 2017 we were idling.... not getting
together on our regular schedule and still looking for a videographer, and new
'coordinator', if you're interested or know someone, please let us know!
As of January 2016 we were looking for a videographer, this requires about 10
hours per month for onsite recording, limited editing, and master DVD
production. In the past, this was volunteer, but we would consider a paid
position; please contact Kathy Sixel if you are interested or need more details.
We have been successful with our approach that is structured, and by its
nature encouraging. For each meeting, a topic was chosen in advance and
participants received a postcard. All were encouraged to bring any
memorabilia or small artifacts related to the topic, and the discussion is video
taped as each person speaks one at a time at their seat. The memories tend to
grow and people can add to their neighbors stories, as well as contrast with