StoryQuest is an Oral History program focused on interviewing people who experienced World War II at home and overseas to preserve their stories for future generations.
Darla Downer, born in 1938, lived in New Jersey during the war. Darla discussed her father’s work as a welder, her family’s victory garden, her experience on V-J Day, and technological advancement. She also discusses her thoughts on war.
Barbara shares the stories of her childhood growing up on the farm, from the house in which she lived, to what she and her ten siblings used to do for fun.
David Shearer talks about his childhood living in New Brighton, PA. He talks about rationing, cigarettes, and the town of New Brighton during the war. He talks about how the war changed the town and talks about the coal mining strikes that affected Western Pennsylvania during wartime.
Linda Hall was a six-year-old living in southern Ohio at the start of the war. She witnessed the effect of a distant war on her small town and watched as it changed the American way of life. Her stories include memories of Roosevelt, rationing and men going to war and not returning.
Arthur Wright talked about his life on the Wye Plantation in Queenstown; he talks about his family's house and living conditions, his workload, and his ways of entertainment on the farm. He discusses rationing during the war and discusses the planes that flew over the farm. He also talks about the importance of his church to his family and talks about the one-room schoolhouse that he attended during segregation.
Barbara Finneson remembers having many Japanese Americans in her class and being confused, when the war started, if they were now friend or foe. She has the most memories about rationing certain materials/foods, the different efforts done to aid the war on the Homefront, and the movies, the stars, and the newsreels that she would see often on the weekends.