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Berlin, New Hampshire, Oral Histories

Our oral history project captures the stories of Berlin, New Hampshire, preserves them, and uses this rich history as a catalyst for Berliners as they look to redefine themselves in the twenty-first century.

Heather Roy

Heather Roy, a guidance counselor at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, talks about the sense of community in her hometown of Berlin.

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Paul "Poof" Tardiff

Paul “Poof” Tardiff writes regularly for the Berlin Daily Sun on the history of the city. Here Poof speaks about the importance of the Androscoggin River.

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Normand "Husky" Poirier

Normand “Husky” Poirier speaks about his involvement with and the history of Berlin Youth Hockey and the Maroons.

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Donna Larson

Donna Larson’s oral history was taken as part of a film on lumberjacking and the Berlin Lumberjack Festival in 2007. Here she speaks about her Norwegian heritage.

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Additional transcripts (PDF):

Odette Leclerc remembers growing up in a French –Canadian neighborhood and working at Converse Rubber Company.

Laurie and Dennis Carrier discuss the effect of the paper mill closings and retraining efforts for the workers.

David Rosenberg talks about the history of the Jewish community in Berlin.

John Kovalik remembers growing up in the Russian community, his family life including taking in boarders and after attending college his oral surgery practice.

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Berlin, New Hampshire, Oral Histories