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INTERVIEWS WITH 103 CITIZENS ILLUMINATE RICHFIELD HISTORY

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Research and transcriptions of interviews on the lives of 103 of Richfield's prominent citizens are available, providing a first-hand look at events, places and people of the area.

The written and audio histories are on file at the Richfield City Library and the Ramsay House Museum. The research was done by students of honors English at Richfield High School, with funding through a grant from the Utah Endowment for the Humanities.The two-year project was supervised by English teacher Judy Busk. Some 57 transcripts and tapes were added this year to the 46 completed in 1988. The students learned more about the history of the area and the people who have been a vital part of that history, Busk said."Michael Dastrup learned much about Gooseberry through his interview with Morris Curtis, and Aaron Buchanan portrayed the vast changes in dairy farming through his interviews with Garth and Wayne Buchanan."

Taped interviews gave students many insights into living history, and they exhibited diligence and maturity in producing quality work, the teacher said.

The project has been a boon to many families. One woman said she planned to print transcripts of her son's interviews to give to family members as Christmas gifts. Many students built bonds with family members through their interviews.

The project has received recognition beyond Sevier County. Jeff Nielsen won high honors in region and state competition for his writings about World War II, using information he got by interviewing his grandfather.

The quality of the research papers probably helped Busk win an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Utah History Fair.

The teacher encouraged residents to go to the library or the Ramsay House and read some of the histories. She also suggested that clubs and organizations contact students to present excerpts from their interviews.