A community oral history project that highlights elders who have contributed to the creative and socially engaged spirit of our local community, roughly between the years of 1960-1980.
The Third Thirty: Honoring and Amplifying the Voices of our Elders
"Looking back at history is an attempt to say, is there anything we haven't yet heard that could be useful to us now?" -Tracy K. Smith, Poet & Educator
What is needed for creativity, collaboration, and social change to flourish - within ourselves and within our communities? The Third Thirty is a community oral history project that highlights elders who have contributed to the creative and socially engaged spirit of our local community, roughly between the years of 1960-1980. This was a period of sustained unrest – the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the anti-war movement, tribal fishing rights – and it was a time of possibility, as many worked together to collectively revise the story about who we are, what we value, and how we want to live together. We’re curious how people experienced, understood, and created (community, art, legislation) during this moment, in this place. We offer this mosaic of voices as an opportunity to ask, "Is there anything we haven't yet heard that would be helpful to us now?"
Curated by Window Seat Community Media. Photography by Molley Gillispie.
About Window Seat Media
Window Seat Media is a community of multimedia storytellers in the South Puget Sound who use story as a catalyst for conversation, connection and change. We experiment with a variety of formats - playback theater, community conversations, podcasts, film screenings, exhibits, and more - to amplify local knowledge, share powerful ideas, and ask what is possible. We love finding points of intersection with others to increase our collective impact through collaborative oral history and community storytelling projects in the South Puget Sound. Our collaborators include multimedia storytellers, artists, academics, community organizers, and community organizations.
Third Thirty project collaborators include: Molley Gillispie (photography), Nick Rawson (music), Ava McGee (interviewer/editor), Kris Tucker (interviewer/editor), Lyn Hertz (interviewer), Clio Morbello (interviewer), Sasha Cornellier (interviewer), Amanda Mackison (editor and project support), and Elaine Vradenburgh (project facilitator).
About Molley Gillispie
I’m a native Olympian portrait photographer. I like to let the natural light of any scenario be the guide to all of my images. Shooting analog photography has allowed my subjects and I to slow down and hopefully create more intimate and telling images through that process. It’s important to me that the folks I am photographing are comfortable and relaxed in the space, which lends itself to the overall atmospheric nature of my work.
Funded by Olympia ARCH, Freas Foundation, Thurston County Heritage Grant Program, and Olympia Federal Savings.