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Greater Centerville Historians is an associate group that focused on the collection of oral history.

Through almost 15 years of this taping, we have accumulated over one hundred DVDs on specific topics of Centerville area history.  Each month's topics have been indexed by text description to aid researchers. DVD's are in the archive library at Manitowoc County Historical Society (Pinecrest Village) and are available for viewing there.  There is also a set of DVD's at the Manitowoc Public Library which as of March 2020 have not been added to their collections nor put in the card catalog, both things they "would like to do soon".  Indexes to the series are being developed beginning in 2017, and our the entire collection located with CSI will soon be elevated to "the cloud".

If you are interested in joining or helping us with transcription or transferring from VHS, audio tapes, or DVD's all to "the cloud", please contact Kathy Sixel at 920-693-8525 or Chris Kuehnel at 920.693.3141.   

As of October 2017 we were idling.... not getting together on our regular schedule and still looking for a videographer, and new 'coordinator', if you're interested or know someone, please let us know!

As of January 2016 we were looking for a videographer, this requires about 10 hours per month for onsite recording, limited editing, and master DVD production. In the past, this was volunteer, but we would consider a paid position; please contact Kathy Sixel if you are interested or need more details.

We have been successful with our approach that is structured, and by its nature encouraging.  For each meeting, a topic was chosen in advance and participants received a postcard.  All were encouraged to bring any memorabilia or small artifacts related to the topic, and the discussion is video taped as each person speaks one at a time at their seat. The memories tend to grow and people can add to their neighbors stories, as well as contrast with them.