As part of my time at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, I conducted an oral history of a local community member. This 1.5 hour interview and corresponding transcript was a wonderful way to get to know my neighbors in the village better while allowing me to hone my public history skills. The interview that I conducted of Carol Waller, the first female mayor of Cooperstown, was recently posted on CGP Community Stories, a project of CGP and the New York State Historical Association. I hope that you can check it out!
Carol Waller, pictured on the right, was my interviewee for the oral history project. Her father was a county representative until his death and heavily influenced her decision to go into politics. After eight years as a representative, Waller ran uncontested for the mayor-ship of Cooperstown. Her knowledge of living and working in a small town gives great insight into her life. Waller’s memories vary from her time spent as an only child on Long Island to observations about the relationships she has developed while working in the floral industry. Highlights from the interview include her reflections about life, death, and friendship in small communities.