For the past 20 years, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh has been recording oral histories of its members, including both long-time members and those who grew up in the congregation. They use the interviews in a variety of ways:
- during senior luncheons, they can share comments about the church
- when pastors are preparing a homily for a funeral service, they can incorporate personal anecdotes
- as background/context for displays about the church
These oral histories now number 60, and Kenneth Marks, the Archivist/Records Manager for the church, has plans to do more interviews. They recently migrated these oral histories from their original cassette tapes to CDs. They also produce transcripts of the interviews that are available for loan through the church library.