CDS Students Participate in Recording King History
The King Heritage & Cultural Centre (KHCC) has been doing some very inventive things this past year while their doors have remained closed due to COVID restrictions.
Perhaps the most exciting is forging a relationship with a local software company, Treasured, Inc., resulting in a free virtual exhibit titled Stories of King, featuring interesting and lesser-known tales from the Township.
Liza Mallyon, Collections & Exhibit Coordinator at the KHCC, believes the partnership is timely as the museum is keen to increase its online presence and reach new, younger audiences and those who are not able to visit in person.
One tactic they employed to accomplish this was to reach out to younger voice “actors” to record some of these stories, including three CDS students.
In March, Arjun Walia ’22, Reese Falkenberg ’23 and Mason Davis ’22 spent time recording the diaries (direct transcriptions) of Tom, Millie and Jonty Beynon of Temperanceville, as part of the Dear Diary exhibit. (The Beynon family have resided in King for more than 200 years.) Their one-to-three minute audio recordings offer a glimpse into King Township life from the 1870s and 1880s of unrequited love, funny situations and family drama.
"I really enjoyed how this project allowed me to explore life in the 1880s and learn more about my community's history," said Reese.
A new 3D portion of the exhibit launches tomorrow on April 9th. It allows visitors to explore Stories in King in a more interactive way and is geared toward a younger audience. “Visitors may be surprised to learn how many intriguing things have happened in King,” says Mallyon.
Our three students did a fantastic job recording these memories. They approached each reading professionally and earnestly. We highly recommend you take the time to listen to them. You will be transported back in time and delight in the experience!