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Bill Rosecan has been residing in the Camphill Hudson community for five years. When he was 21 years old he joined the Camphill Copake Village where he worked several different jobs and lived there until moving to Hudson. He is originally from St. Louis and Chicago.
In this interview Bill expresses how much he loves Camphill, and Hudson specifically. He prefers Hudson over Copake and New York City because he can walk around freely, has built relationships with people in the community, and knows where to go for things.
Throughout the interview Bill continually talked about his interest in raising awareness about Camphill communities and felt that many, even living in Hudson, do not know about it. He feels that if more people know about Camphill there will be a greater chance for it to expand, and take in more people. He expressed concern for people who were not able to join Camphill Hudson. He also talks about his desire to live more independently and travel the country by train.
The interview is just under 23 minutes.
Karen Shakerdge studied cultural anthropology and media at The New School and currently produces documentary films. She has worked for several independent production companies in New York and is currently developing a two hour special for PBS that will focus on food culture in Israel. She came to Oral History Summer School to further develop her interviewing skills, experience with audio recording, and explore the significance of format choices when documenting life histories and doing community based projects. She is interested in pursuing projects that engage identity politics, feelings of belonging or home, special needs communities, and food/health systems.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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