The SEE Science Center and the Manchester Historic Association are pleased to announce the completion of “A Culture of Innovation” a series of oral histories. In this project the stories of 20 diverse individuals engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers with connections to Manchester were recorded. This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to explore the oral histories online.
The 20 interviewees represent a variety of STEM disciplines from software to hi-tech manufacturing. They also include a range of experiences from individuals who have worked as general technicians to individuals who have founded companies. During the selection process particular attention was paid to identifying individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds (ethnic, religious, gender, racial, socioeconomic and age) that reflect the diversity present within Manchester’s public schools. In addition to sharing these stories with the general public, they will be disseminated to local teachers and students.
“These oral histories allow us to draw out the personal struggles and triumphs of interviewees” said SEE Executive Director Shana Hawrylchak. “They will help us to paint a picture of the larger tech culture of our city and to present role models for students” added Hawrylchak.