Curtis Tigard Interview - Courtesy City of Tigard
101-year-old Curtis Tigard, whose grandfather Wilson M. Tigard founded our city in 1852, sat down with cameras rolling on October 1, 2010 and recalled some great tales for use as a historical record. Mr. Tigard was born in 1910, and as you'll see in the video, he is witty, conversant and very sharp as he recalls magical moments of his boyhood in Tigard in the early 1900's.
Hunting skunks at the foot of Bull Mountain, swimming in Fanno Creek behind where the library now sits, catching crawdads in the Tualatin River, walking 6 miles to and from high school fueled by 6 maple bars after football practice are just some of the stories you'll hear. He also discusses finding a job during the Great Depression and how his wife helped the founding of Cook Park half a century ago. The interview was conducted, appropriately, in his uncle's home, the John Tigard House (now the Tigard Historical Association,) which was saved from demolition in the 1970's. The home was moved 30 years ago and sits on the corner of SW Canterbury Lane and SW 103rd in Tigard.
Oral History Interviews
Do you love to interact with people? THA has a great opportunity for you! We are looking for people who would enjoy conducting video oral history interviews. Not trained? No problem! We will train you! You will be part of a two-person team. One person will deal with the camera and the other person will ask the interviewee questions. Once trained, you can participate according to your schedule. Please call Martha Worley at 503-747-9856 or e-mail Valri Darling if you are interested.
Want to be Interviewed?
Oral histories are extremely important. THA would like to record your memories of the community. If you wish to be interviewed for the THA Oral History project, please call Martha Worley at 503-747-9856 or e-mail Valri Darling.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide interview training techniques. Specifc topic areas covered include.
The Tigard Library will be offering a FREE Oral History Workshop, January 26, 10 AM to 4 PM at the Tigard Library.
If you would like to be trained so you can take part in the Tigard Libraries’s February Oral History Project and/or be part of the Tigard Historical Oral History Team please contact Martha Worley at 503-747-9856 or e-mail Valri Darling.
Click on the Tigard Times article below to read the latest about the project!