Centennial Memory Project

interviews

Video Interviews Now Available

We are happy to announce the release of the Kimberly Memory Project Video Interviews collection!

Thanks to our awesome volunteer, Mary Lamers, the Kimberly Public Library is now the proud owner of 12 videos including interviews of Kimberly residents and slideshows of family photos. A search for Kimberly Memory Project in InfoSoup will bring up the list of available titles. People interviewed include:

  • Eugene "Maj" Schelfhout
  • Ned Wittmann
  • Jack Wydeven
  • Bob Remmel
  • Bernice Stuyvenberg
  • Marie Schneider Ruys
  • Carl & Rita (Josephs) Lemmers
  • Jo & Chris Verkuilen
  • Henry Cops
  • Elmer Marx
  • Ginny Couillard

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Memory Project by interviewing or being interviewed. We appreciate Mary's hard work and for our wonderful residents who were so willing to share their stories. A piece of our history has been preserved and is available for us all to check out, learn, and remember.

Bernice Johnson Stuyvenberg, 1920-2012

Part of the Centennial Memory Project has been to collect video interviews of Kimberly residents who can remember the early days of the Village. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Mary Lamers, for her care and time spent gathering, creating, and editing the videos! Here are some clips from Mary's interview with Bernice Stuyvenberg. Bernice moved to Kimberly at the age of 9 and was born in 1920. She passed away at the age 91 on January 18, 2012. We are grateful to have been able to preserve her stories.

Bernice talks about coming to Kimberly at the age of 9 and her uncle's tavern.

Here, she talks about The Clubhouse.

Bernice shares her story about meeting her husband, Dickie Stuyvenberg, and the difficulties of religion and love. We hope to make the complete interview available on DVD for checkout at the library soon. Stay tuned!