Bringing history to life is one way to make sure the past is not forgotten. Recently, the Robert H. Jackson Center created a communications studio to preserve and present history.
The studio will be primarily dedicated to creating, preserving and presenting history through filmmaking and video production. The Media Resource Library will contain all of the finished products. Equipment for the studio was donated by Time Warner Cable with additional equipment acquired through a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation's Blossom Fund.
According to Jennifer Champ, archives and exhibit manager at The Robert H. Jackson Center, the center's archive contains over 14,000 images, hundreds of films and videos of speakers who have visited the center, and oral histories of those closest to Supreme Court Judge Robert H. Jackson.
June Diethrick, operations officer of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and Jim Johnson, executive director of the Robert H. Jackson Center, test the Jackson Center’s Communications Studio. A grant from The Blossom Fund helped purchase digital recording equipment.
"The archives' purpose is to document history by organizing, preserving and creating access to a variety of primary materials that recall impactful historical moments and depict the legacy of (Supreme Court Justice) Robert H. Jackson's work at the local, national and international levels for use by students and scholars," Champ said.
Currently the communications studio is being used as a recording space for the Jackson Center's Defenders of Freedom project. Together with The United Veterans Council, Chautauqua County Office of Veterans Services and local World War II authors and historians, the Jackson Center is creating a project that features the faces, voices and first hand experiences of World War II veterans from Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania who helped shape history. Local history preservationist Greg Peterson has been conducting interviews with these men and women since December 2013.
The Robert H. Jackson Center is located at 305 E. Fourth St. and is open for tours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.