The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest Old

Geri Alumit Zeldes's avatar Geri Alumit Zeldes

This project captures ethnographic interviews of the state’s oldest old residents to provide a window to Michigan’s rich cultural history and to gain an understanding of older adults’ thoughts on their longevity, resilience, and quality of life. Oldest old is the term used to describe individuals 85 years of age and older who globally represent the fastest-growing age cohort. These individuals share stories that span a century. This project is a multi-generational experience where the oldest members of society will be better understood in relation to their contributions to the world. Five of the 15 stories will air in May 2015 on the NPR affiliate radio station WKAR. The stories will be edited in a format that can be experienced across media - radio, TV and online. MSU Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes leads this project, assisted by her colleagues Dr. Linda Keilman and Prof. Eric Freedman and an amazing team of students such as Andrea Raby, who edited the video below.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 5 inches
  • Medium: Video
  • Width: 18 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 20 inches