This website is part of a collaborative oral history project between the Page Public Library and the Powell Museum to record the voices of early Page residents and make their stories available to the public through exhibits, publications, and other outreach programming.
The creation of the website was supported with funds granted by the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The site is designed to provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and worked in Page, Arizona during the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, an important time in the history of the American West.
Excerpts from oral histories of early Page residents highlight the history of the early beginnings of a dam construction camp including environmental concerns, cultural changes, hard work, cooperation, and the excitement of starting a new community.
The collection of interview excerpts were selected from the Powell Museum’s archival collections, and represents a fraction of the Museum’s Oral History Collection. The Page Oral History Program began with volunteers from the Page Public Library who conducted oral history interviews in 1978 and 1979. In the mid-1980s, the program and all previously recorded interviews were transferred to the Powell Museum. From these early beginnings, over seventy interviews have been recorded for the program.
The Powell Museum continues to work closely with the Page Public Library to ensure that the oral histories are accessible to the public. The interviews serve as an invaluable learning tool for the general public, students, and researchers from the Page community and from around the world.
To learn more about the Powell Museum’s collections please visit www.powellmuseum.org.
To learn more about the Page Public Library please visit www.pagepubliclibrary.org.
Thank you to all Page Public Library and Powell Museum staff and volunteers who have made the Page Oral History Program possible!
Photographs and interviews are courtesy of the Powell Museum Archives. This website and its content including photos and interviews may not be reproduced without the permission of the Powell Museum.