A dynamic audio archive of personal reflections, oral histories, and family memories told by & recorded by residents of of Belmont, Massachusetts.
A collaboration between Belmont Media Center, Belmont Public Library, Belmont Citizen-Herald, Council on Aging, and the Belmont Historical Society.
Thank you to Mitch Hanley & Kate Ellis for their guidance.
Dr. Kwan Kew Lai discusses her humanitarian efforts around the world
Dr. Lai first volunteered abroad in the aftermath of the South Asian Tsunami, in 2005, and has since been a part of nearly 30 global humanitarian relief efforts. In this interview, she discusses the South Asian Tsunami; her work in Liberia and Sierre Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak; her time in Bangladesh in 2018, helping Rohinga refugees fleeing religious persecution in Myanmar; and her most recent volunteering stint in Yemen, in 2019, where a cholera outbreak has occurred due to the ongoing civil war.
Hal Learson on his career in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War
Veteran Hal Learson speaks with librarian Nancy McMenemy McColm about growing up in Portland, ME during the Great Depression and WWII, and his 30+ years of service in the U.S. Navy.
Sharisse Zeroonian: Belmont Author & Filmmaker
Belmont resident, Sharisse Zeroonian reads from 2 of her short stories, "Rock of Gibraltar", and "Drowsy".
Moon Memories with Ottavio Forte
Local artist Ottavio Forte discusses his time working as an electrical engineer on the Apollo 11 program, and his hobbies - beekeeping, wine making, and sculpting. He is interviewed by librarian Nancy McMenemy McColm.
Moon Memories with Jim Roth
Chemist and teacher Jim Roth discusses his work on the Apollo program and his volunteer work with the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, and Belmont's Conservation Commission.
Moon Memories with Sandra Rosenblum
Sandra Rosenblum shares what it was like to see Thai villagers "in full holiday mode" over the 1969 lunar landing. She also talks about how the "space race" influenced her daughter's education and career. She is interviewed by Librarian Nancy McMenemy McColm