Help us preserve local history; be part of the GPL’s Oral History Project.

Listen to some of the recorded histories at

For more information, contact Craig Scott at 256-549-4699, ext. 120 or

“Craig Scott helping preserve area history through Gadsden Public Library job”

Scott is looking for more from the community. He wants interesting pictures, high school yearbooks and historic maps. Anything that tells a story is fair game, and this applies just as well to the Oral History Project. His interviews contain not only local heroes of the Civil Rights Movement and World War II, but people such as Jhedreion Rigby, a former Gadsden High student who travels around big Southeastern Conference colleges and works on football stars’ hair to make them look good for games. (He gave his professional title the name “locktician.”)

History usually is seen as what people need to remember, but the growing collection at the GPL is made of what Gadsden and Etowah County want to remember. It’s not a lecture on events that seem only tangential to the city’s character, but a story of real people your grandparents might know.

It’s a history that can be shown off not only proudly, but with a grin that comes with telling any good story.

Anyone wishing to volunteer at the library can talk to Scott. There are applications at the office. After a short background check is done, volunteers are assigned to a specific project.

The Gadsden Times