Heritage Associates: Oral History

Old-Timers in Grass Creek, Utah

Grass Creek, Utah is a ghost town. It was once a thriving community in Summit County, with a population of nearly 1,000 Italian, Greek, Slovakian, Chinese and American coal miners. Since nobody lives in the Grass Creek Valley, it now only comes alive in peoples' memories and scrapbooks.

Heritage Associates has carried out oral history interviews to tap into the memories of the people who remember this forgotten community. Skilled oral historians ask the right questions, so that participants feel pride in their contribution. Stories passed on by parents take on special meaning when nothing has been written before to recognize their contributions, and dignity is given back to those who built the foundations for a way of life.

Oral histories recover a record in fleeting memories. Heritage Associates recognizes the value in discovering vital details with living case studies.