Oral Histories

One of the items that has recently been digitized and added to this database contains many oral histories that were recorded in 1982, Community Fabric: Oral Histories. Through these stories you can learn about the different cultures that makes up Cape Breton Island, such as English, Scottish, Belgian, Bulgarian, Greek, Polish, Italian, West Indian and Jewish. Here is part of one of my favorite stories contained in this item. 

"My grandmother built a house after she was widowed. She bought pieces of land. She mortgaged her land and built the house which is still standing. She had a well and garden. She grew herbs--anything that the soil would support--raised cows, and kept boarders" (Mr. Allister Grant, 13).

A truely loved grandmother.