Much of Kingsville's history isn't written in books—rather, it's recorded in the memories of the community's longtime residents.
Charlie Wolpoff, president of the Greater Kingsville Civic Association, said he intends to preserve that history with the help of a $500 grant from the Baltimore County Historical Trust, announced by County Councilman David Marks on Tuesday.
"Kingsville has such a rich history to begin with. A lot of residents have memories themselves or in their families. It's important to document it while it's still there," Wolpoff said.
The grant is expected to be presented on June 19. Wolpoff said the group plans to purchase video equipment, microphones and a tri-pod, and possibly editing equipment in the future.
"We'd like to talk to about 30 people and then see where the project stands. It's unlimited as to where this can lead. It's just a matter of time and volunteers," he said.
Marks, a former vice-chairman of the historical trust, said he has encouraged groups across his district to apply for grants.
"During tough economic times, nonprofit groups like the Baltimore County Historical Trust help improve our schools and communities through their grant programs," Marks said in a statement. "I am very happy three organizations in the Fifth District will receive grant funding to promote their local heritage."
Wolpoff said the oral history project is "plowing new ground in this area," adding that he hopes the civic association can provide a model for other communities.
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