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Ruth Jones and Rita Kilstrom Oral History Interview. August 21, 2014

Ruth Jones and Rita Kilstrom Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

August 21, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Corvallis natives Ruth (Martin) Jones and Rita (Young) Kilstrom, both born in 1938, have been friends since kindergarten and attended Oregon State College together, graduating in the class of 1959. Kilstrom is the daughter of D. Palmer Young, an early professor of speech and theater craft at Oregon State College. Though Education majors, both Jones and Kilstrom were heavily involved with the OSC drama program during their college years. Their interview focuses on growing up in Corvallis in the 1940s and 1950s, the OSC campus climate in the mid- to late 1950s, and the early years of theater arts at Oregon State.