Silver Lake History Collective
Chairs: Michael Masterson, Cheryl Revkin
Meetings: First Thursdays, 6:30pm
Silver Lake Library Community Room
Find History Collective Archived Minutes HERE
The History Collective was founded as part of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in 2005 by community activist Bea Gold. Our mission is to preserve the oral histories of long-term residents, business owners, artists and other interesting residents of Silver Lake to create an archive of the unique history of our neighborhood for future generations.
We video our interviews including copying old family photos as part of the documentation. So far we have conducted over fifty interviews involving more than seventy people. The breadth of interviews is extraordinary. We have stories from the great-grandchild of a slave, a Japanese-American doctor who was interned at Santa Anita racetrack during World War II as well as many people who’ve lived all their lives in Silver Lake. From them we learn amazing things about our community. For example, did you know there used to be a stream bed running down what is now Hoover Street?
Our archives are now available to the world online via the USC Doheny Library’s Regional Archives Department. And we’ve also edited a 30-minute DVD that includes excerpts from five of our interviews. “People of Silver Lake” can be checked out from the Silver Lake Library. It’s well worth watching.
And we’d like to get you involved too! Do you know an interesting neighbor who has a story to tell? The History Collective would like to talk with them about our archive project. We also welcome you to join us on this amazing ongoing project. It’s incredibly rewarding. You meet amazing people, make new friends and learn wonderful things.
Michael Masterson, Co-chair
- SLNC History Collective’s Digital Archive at USC
- Bob Herzog Memorial Oral History Archive
- SLNC History Collective’s YouTube channel (oral histories of the Silver Lake community)