East Trenton Collaborative
“The oral histories that we have been conducting for this project have helped to develop a deeper connection with the East Trenton residents and a deeper understanding of our role in the neighborhood”
East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) is a neighborhood revitalization and community organizing initiative based in the East Trenton neighborhood. During the Community History program, ETC conducted oral histories to capture elements of East Trenton neighborhood’s history from the perspectives of longtime residents. During monthly Community Meetings and one-on-one interviews, they completed 7 oral histories with East Trenton residents and compiled an outreach list of over 20 residents.
They learned that the East Trenton Center, ETC’s office and Community Center, has played a crucial role in their community for decades as a central neighborhood hub. They see this project as a starting point for developing a fuller vision of East Trenton’s community history, and by getting the effort started, ETC created something that the East Trenton community will continue to contribute to in the future.