Oral history offers a primary perspective of history that is unmatched by any other type of resource. With a writing, you can garner some essence of that person, of her life and perspective and experiences, but only with interpretation and patience. Pictures can only capture an instant. But people can learn a lot about a person through his voice, body language and facial expressions -- even the littlest thing, like a pause or a stuttered breath, can make history a real story.
That is why I am so happy I was chosen for this project. The Sisters of Saint Dominic provide a significant and integral perspective in the history of my home state, and I consider myself blessed to be involved in the preservation of it.