Save Our Stories
Help Preserve these Ridgefielders’ Stories
In February 2023, as part of Fairfield County’s Giving Day, the Ridgefield Historical Society launched the Save Our Stories (SOS) campaign, an effort to raise funds to support the transcription of 41 World War II oral histories shared by Ridgefielders who served in the Second World War. The oral history interviews were captured by Betsy Reid, RHS Collections Manager, and are remarkable chronicles of a very important time.
The response on Giving Day was swift and generous and, as of March 1, we are exactly halfway to our goal of $4,100.
Thank you to all of you pioneers who donated on Fairfield County’s Giving Day and recognized the importance of preserving the voices and words of the past.
50 donors helped us raise $2050 in under 24 hours. (A new record for us.) Now, we invite others to help us reach the finish line.
Our WWII oral histories tell the stories of Ridgefielders who were living and serving in extraordinary times.
These stories should not be lost.
With your help, we can secure professional transcriptions of all of these stories to be preserved and shared with individuals and historians for generations to come.
Help us preserve their stories
The following Ridgefielders shared their World War II stories with the Ridgefield Historical Society. Help us transcribe and share their accounts.
G. Kenneth Black
Margaret Malval (homefront)
Helene Merrick (homefront)
Marie Stefanelli Russo
Richard Von Olson
Evelyn Shretenthaler Wisner
The Ridgefield Historical Society WWII oral histories are being transcribed and preserved through the interest and generosity of our donors. Thank you all for appreciating the importance of individual stories in the context of our past, present, and future.
Laurie McGavin Bachmann
Ruth Van Den Nieuwenhuizen