Oral History Interview Project Number Eight
Field, Food and Family
History can make for great evening entertainment -- as proven on November 12 1994 at the production of "A Scarboro Tale"! But the greatest purpose of history is to improve our lot in the future. We can only avoid mistakes in the future if we learn from the mistakes of the past. Two hundred years ago, when a day's work would buy only a few slices of bread, 99% of the population barely survived. Of course, during the frequent famines, many perished. Over the past few decades in Canada, we have grown accustomed to having what we want when we want it -- using bags of expendable income. But now the clock seems to be turning back on us -- with food banks and soup kitchens crying out for more help. Help us to manage with less tomorrow by sharing your memories of a simpler and less luxurious yesterday.
Your recollections of feeding the family through the depression and war years are not only history, they are valuable learning tools for the future. Please refer to the McCowan Society's "Oral History Interview Strategy". It is important that you record your personal experiences and memories of specific events. The following questions should trigger particular memories and stories. Please include as much detail as possible including the approximate year of the event. You may have also heard relevant stories from your parents or grandparents: please share with us the details of these stories as well.
From The Scarboro Heights Record V5 #1