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Claude Poppy Vachal-Snider

January 28, 2024


Hudson, NY


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Suzanne Snider

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This interview was conducted with ten-year-old Claude Vachal-Snider on January 28, 2024 at Solaris in Hudson, New York, as part of OHSS’s winter Interview Corps. Claude has lived in Hudson, New York for most of her life and describes herself as a lover of spelling. This interview was conducted by her Mother, Suzanne Snider, who is also the founder/director of Oral History Summer School.

In this interview, Claude describes her love of spelling and words, different schools and childcare spaces where she has spent time, along with Hudson landmarks such as Hudson Hall and the Pamela Salisbury Gallery that have been meaningful in her life. She also describes activities she is part of such as Community Choir. In addition to her discussion of Hudson spaces, she talks briefly about life during the pandemic, offers an explanation of PANS (Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and associated Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the fact that she takes lots of medicine. She also describes what a world run by kids might be like, her feeling that kids are underestimated by adults, and her experience growing up in a family made up of two moms (who live in two different homes) and a donor-friend. She concludes her interview with a short rendition of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga after speaking about singing and her participation in a play at Hudson Hall.

This interview may be of interest to those researching or wishing to learn more about children’s experiences of the pandemic, PANS and OCD, educational spaces and social spaces for children in Hudson, and a child’s take on gentrification and changes in Hudson. This interview may also be of interest to those thinking about family interviews and the challenges of “insider” interview dynamics.

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Suzanne Snider

Suzanne Snider is an oral historian, educator, writer and parent who seeks opportunities to experiment with the challenges of profound collaboration, including the sites of Oral History Summer School and the related archiveCommunity Library of Voice and Sound. She brings to her oral history work a range of identities, some more legible than others, including: she is a White, middle-class, Jewish woman, older parent, head of household who deals with chronic illness and serves as caretaker for someone dealing with chronic illness. She has studied dance and writing formally and is the grateful beneficiary of college and graduate education, along with less formally affiliated research and writing opportunities. Her worldview has been shaped byher work with children, teaching art and dance at general ed and special ed programs in New York City, in the NYC Public Schools and at a state-funded residential school.

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