The video featuring Orndorff, “In the Flood of 1969,” will remain up through September and will then be replaced by a new video. The three fall videos will be placed on a DVD and made available for circulation at the library.
In the initial video, about eight minutes long, Orndorff describes the great flood in the area in 1969 and how her uncle picked her from among several children in the family to go out onto Lake Erie to help retrieve a boat floating on the water.
The videos are a joint production of the Huron Public Library and Aporia-Rhizome Productions.
Jarret Pervola, who teaches philosophy at Lorain County Community College and launched the Huron library’s Socrates Cafe discussion group, directed the video and put it together with the help of his friend Robert Kozar, who also teaches at LCCC.
He said National Public Radio’s StoryCorps project, which collects interviews with Americans, was one of the inspirations for the Huron Storytellers series.
The next video will feature the story of Huron diver Ran Zanhiser, who started the Erie County Underwater Recovery Team, which dives into the lake to recover people after tragedies on the water.
“I’m excited for that one to come out,” said Pervola, who explained that Zanhiser began the diving team in 1957 and retired in 1992.
“He was doing this for a long time. He has all of these stories,” Pervola said.
Daniel Slife, the Huron library’s director, said that when the library overhauled its strategic plan in 2011, conversations with different focus groups revealed an interest in Huron history.
The video is posted on the library’s website, so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, but it also is local and particular to the library’s mission, Slife said.
“I think that the story of the future of the library and the way these new technologies play into that story is expanding the way we reach out into the community,” Slife said.
Slife noted that photographs in the video came from the Huron Historical Society, housed in the library’s basement.
“We’re taking that material and making something new with it,” he said. “That’s the way I see the digital merging with the physical.”