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New Bedford Whaling Museum

Roberta Sawyer

In this Oral History interview, Roberta Sawyer, a lifelong resident of South Dartmouth, describes growing up in the enclave at Round Hill established by Col. Green in the early 20th Century and how his widespread interests –in aviation, broadcasting, science and technology, and whaling history- shaped the landscape and culture of this special community. You can listen to the entire interview (1 hr., 15 min.) or the excerpts listed below. The interview was conducted on March 31, 2010 by Nancy Thornton, Clif Rice, and Jalien Hollister.

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  1. Roberta Sawyer's background and early education (00:00:10 - 00:03:25)

  2. The airport at Round Hill: how it got started and functioned (00:03:25 - 00:09:23)

  3. Roberta's education: from New Bedford to California (00:09:23 - 00:14:50

  4. Growing up at Round Hill in the ‘20's and ‘30's (00:14:50 - 00:21:45)

  5. The first radio broadcast service in the region (00:21:45 - 00:26:38)

  6. Whaling history at Round Hill… the Charles W. Morgan and the Wanderer (00:26:38 - 00:32:01)

  7. The MIT Science Center at Round Hill (00:32:01 - 00:38:44)

  8. Reflections about Col. Green's family and personal life 00:38:44 - 00:46:03)

  9. Roberta's career and family (00:46:03 - 00:52:04)

  10. After Col. Green's death in 1936… the fate of the Charles W. Morgan (00:52:04 - 00:56:35)

  11. Col. Green: diverse interests, lifelong learning, eccentricity (00:56:35 - 01:04:58)

  12. Roberta's favorite radio interviews (01:06:10 - 01:09:00)

  13. The photography studio at Round Hill ( 01:09:00 --- 01:10:43)

  14. More about the Green household (01:10:43 ---- 01:15:58)


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