Tradition and Change:
evolution of the Culver Academies culture, 1960-2016
The Culver Academies is in the midst of a generational shift: a large portion of the faculty and administration are members of the Baby Boomer generation, and has begun to retire in significant numbers. This changeover represents both a challenge and an opportunity. With the departure of a large number of long-term community members comes the risk of losing a great deal of institutional knowledge. But this is also a time when instituting change may be easier, both emotionally and socially.
Much of the history of the Academies in the period marked by the careers of these faculty has been poorly documented and preserved. Oral history offers the best opportunity to steward the traditions and institutional memory represented by these “giants of Culver.”
This proposal was created for HIST523, Theory and Practice of Oral History, but transcends an academic exercise. The project proposed is pertinent, practical, powerful, and will likely influence my final practicum.