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This interview was conducted with Allyson Vazac and Thomas DeLeon at 306 Allen Street, which is a Camphill Hudson residence. Allyson and Thomas live next door to each other. During their interview Allyson shared that she lives next door at 308 Allen Street. Allyson and Thomas work in the Solaris building as part of Camphill Hudson. Some subjects that came up during this interview are: the work that Allyson does at Camphill Hudson, some memories from Allyson’s Childhood, Allyson’s family, especially her sister (who lives in the Chatham, NY area) and her mother. Allyson also discussed her life in Camphill Village and moving from Camphill Village to Camphill Hudson about eight years ago. Thomas discussed coming to Camphill Hudson three years ago after living in Thailand. He also talked a bit about working with Allyson and some of the festivals they celebrate at Camphill Hudson. Allyson also discussed her love of art, her recent birthday party and her participation in the Pride parade in Hudson, NY. Thomas and Allyson also discussed working together and being neighbors for the past three years.
This interview might be of interest to people who want to know more about Camphill Hudson, information about someone who lived in Camphill Village and moved to Camphill Hudson, the relationship between housemates living in Camphill Hudson residences.
I was born in Boston, MA and grew up in the north suburbs of Boston. I lived in New York City before moving to Oakland, California and now have returned to live in New York City while I am in graduate school. As a doctoral student in the field of curriculum and theory, with a focus on inclusive education, I think (almost to the point of obsession) about ethical practices for working with different people, especially while collecting their stories and information. I view oral history as a way for me to develop a research practice based on equity, valuing silence and providing space for people to take ownership and tell their stories. Prior to my graduate work I was a special education teacher at a high school and then middle school. I continue to lead after school digital literacy workshops for young people aged 11-15.
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