Film, Many Voices, One Decade: 1950s Louisa County

Learning more about Louisa County can help put the oral history interviews into context. It can be helpful to understand what the social, economic, and political landscape of Louisa County was like in the 1950s when listening to the interviews.
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In 2018, the Louisa County Historical Society began an oral history project with the goal of documenting a broad and accurate picture of life in Louisa County during the 1950s by recording the memories of the people who live it. The oral histories illustrate both similarities and differences in personal experiences and show that there is no one singular experience of Louisa County during the 1950s. This short documentary highlights major themes that emerged from the first year of the project. The oral history project and this documentary film were made possible through grant funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The film was produced by three high school interns: Toby Craig, Alex de Montbel, and Tyler Yeatts. We are deeply grateful to those who shared their memories with us and the volunteers who worked on the project.