Worcester Art Museum Oral History Films

As a part of the Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation project, the Worcester Art Museum partnered with the Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Women’s History Project to produce a series of interviews with people whose lives were impacted by the 1960s and 1970s. A collaborative team of curators, historians and educators identified individuals within the Worcester community (and beyond) whose stories related to both the time period and the culture displayed in  the Kennedy to Kent State photographs.

Each week during the exhibition, WAM will post a new interview. All of the interviews will be archived here for the run of the exhibition.

See the full-length interviews at the Worcester Historical Museum's exhibit: Worcester in the 60's

Films produced by Pagano Media

Week 19

Ogretta McNeil

A member of the College of the Holy Cross Faculty in the 1960s

Week 18 Part 2

Dorista Goldsberry

Reflections on the Civil Rights movement, and her own experiences with racism

Week 18 Part 1

Rev. Richard Wright

Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Worcester

Week 17

Erwin 'Dusty' Miller

Participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama voting rights march on March 25, 1965, led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Week 16 Part 2

Howard Johnson

A Worcester artist whose work is in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum.

Week 16 Part 1

Bill Densmore

Reflections on the Vietnam war and the protests around it

Week 15

Phyllis Estus

Political activist, church choir director, and college administrator in Worcester

Week 14

Harry Dewey

Reflections on the Worcester Auditorium as a music venue in the 60s

Week 13

Bob Achorn

Former Worcester Telegram Publisher reflects on Kennedy's assassination.

Week 12

Allen Fletcher

Allen Fletcher reflects on "a time of confusion."

Week 11

Van Aroian

Formerly of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority

Week 10

John Anderson

Former mayor of Worcester

Week 9 Part 2

Michael True

Former Professor at Assumption College

Week 9 Part 1

Frank Kartheiser

Co-founder of the Mustard Seed soup kitchen

Week 8

Geof Booth

Served in Vietnam

Week 7 Part 2

Ben Perry

Served in Vietnam

Week 7 Part 1

Phil Madio

Board President of the Worcester Vietnam Memorial

Week 6 Part 2

Betsy Johnson

Betsy Johnson, wife to an OB in Worcester in the 1960s, reflects on how controversial birth control was during that era.

Week 6 Part 1

Suzanne St. Pierre

Covering three decades of news, Suzanne St. Pierre built her career as a producer for newsmagazines, including over fifty segments of 60 Minutes.

Week 5 Part 2

Ginny Ryan

Woodstock Music Festival attendee

Week 5 Part 1

Ed Madaus

Co-owner of the Comic Strip music club

Week 4 Part 2

Walter Crockett

Worcester musician

Week 4 Part 1

John Goldsberry

Music fan in the 1960s

Week 3

Jerry Lembcke

Author of The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam and Hanoi Jane

Week 2

Terri Priest

Painter and Art Educator

Week 1

David Acton

Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photography at Worcester Art Museum