Announcing the Oral History Project!

Tell Us Your Story!

The White Mountain School invites all of our community to participate in the creation of an oral history publication that unites White Mountain and St. Mary’s-in-the-Mountains across generations. The project is an opportunity to gather stories and collect memories that bring our experience to life. We are interested in your reflections and tributes and hope to preserve our history for generations to come.
 

Your Story

What White Mountain or St. Mary’s story will you tell? What memory is most special? It can be serious or lighthearted, a heart-felt tribute or a story with a bit of humor. Your experiences are unique and variety is welcomed.
  • Did a professor or staff member have a profound impact on your life?
  • Have high school connections developed into lifelong relationships?
  • Did you have a memorable Field Course experience, internship or opportunity in the community?
  • Did your participation in a student organization or athletic team impact you in a meaningful way?
  • Can you track your career success back to White Mountain or St. Mary’s?
  • Are you a school legacy, with experiences that transcend generations of your family?
  • What traditions do you recall from your time at the school?

PCI Partnership

The White Mountain School has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to gain access to its experienced, trained staff. PCI associates will listen to your stories and assemble information into a publication. To help you stay connected to White Mountain, PCI will also verify and update contact information if you have moved or recently lost touch. Please note that we have only shared your contact information with PCI in conjunction with this project. We have NOT sold your personal information or otherwise used it for outside marketing purposes.
 
Cost
There is NO cost to share your story, and we invite all to participate. If interested, you will have an opportunity to reserve the publication as a hardbound book or digital collection.
 
Participation
PCI will contact members of the White Mountain School community directly through postcards, emails and phone calls to encourage participation. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about The White Mountain School. Is this a legitimate project or is it a scam?
 
It’s legit! We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for The White Mountain School. PCI is a family owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, and military organizations across the nation for almost 100 years. This project allows The White Mountain School to hear about your personal experiences and explain how White Mountain/St. Mary's has helped shape your lives.
 
2. Does The White Mountain School benefit from this at all?
 
Yes, in a few different ways:
  • Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumni
  • Legacy – preserves the history of our school
3. How do I know my information will only be used for Oral History Project purposes?
 
PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Project and except as required by court order or law. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.
 
4. I would like to verify or update my information and share a story. How may I do this?
 
  • If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, then ask you to share your story about your time at White Mountain/St. Mary's. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to The White Mountain School at the conclusion of the project.
  • If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story.
  • If you did not receive a postcard or email, White Mountain will be able to provide you with the dedicated PCI toll-free number for the Project.
5. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?
 
When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative if you prefer any of your information be excluded. You can also communicate your preferences to PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com or to the School directly.
 
6. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share. 
 
You can call back at any time to share your story.
 
7. I shared a story and the representative said I could send some photos. How do I do this?
 
You will receive an email with a link to upload up to two photos (black and white or color) plus captions. 
 
If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send physical photos to be printed (note: photos will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).
 
8. Can anyone purchase a book?
 
The White Mountain School Oral History Publication is available for sale only to St. Mary’s School and White Mountain School alumni, parents and employees.
 
9. When will I receive my book?
 
The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we anticipate beginning the project in March 2022, the books will be distributed in March 2023.
 
10. I ordered a book / package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?
 
Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.
 
 
History Illustration