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Gabrielle Snyder

July 1, 2015


Camphill Ghent


Recorded by

Katie Newhouse

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This interview was conducted with Gabrielle Snyder at Camphill Ghent on July 1st, 2015. Gabrielle emigrated from France after the Second World War with her husband, Ed Snyder who was originally from the Kinderhook, NY area. Gabrielle raised three children and when they were ready to attend college she started working at a chemistry lab in Rensselaer.  Ed Snyder was Gabrielle’s second husband her first husband (who was French) was killed during the Second World War. She also discussed learning English as a second language after immigrating to the U.S. Some of the subjects that came up in the interview were: her children and grandchildren, her second husband Ed Snyder, her home in Kinderhook and her feelings about recently moving to Camphill Ghent and her work at the Rensselaer chemistry lab.

This interview might be of interest to people who want to hear more about someone who immigrated to the Hudson area from France (or Europe), living in Europe at the end of World War II, learning English as a second language, raising a family in Kinderhook, NY and working at the Rensselaer chemistry lab.

Interviewer Bio:
Katie Newhouse

I was born in Winchester, MA and lived in New York City before moving to Oakland, California. Currently I reside in New York City while I am completing a Doctorate in Education at Teachers College. As a beginning scholar in the field of 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 research a practice based on equity, valuing silence and providing space for people to take ownership and tell their stories.

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