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Concord Stories from Special Collections: In Their Own Voice


Concord Stories from Special Collections is a new virtual series that highlights the rich holdings of the Concord Free Public Library Corporation’s William Munroe Special Collections through stories about Concord’s people and places from a variety of guests, including Concord residents, scholars, researchers, and curators. 

Episode 4 is In Their Own Voice: Documenting Concord's Immigrant Communities -

Our featured guest, Bill Bailey, will talk to us about his efforts in the 1980s to document new immigrants' voices in Concord. While serving on the Concord Historical Commission, Bill Bailey set out to conduct nearly seventy interviews with immigrants from Ireland, Canada, Norway, Italy, Russia, and Poland. Bill is the former History Department head at Concord Academy, where he taught and inspired students for 35 years from 1967 through 2002. He is a graduate of Columbia College and has a master’s degree in history from Columbia University. In late March of 2020, Bill returned to Concord after living in New York City for nearly two decades. We invite you to listen and learn more about his important documentation project.