Guido, Jeff, 2017


Guido, Jeff, 2017

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Jeff Guido was born in Cortland, New York on April 25, 1968 and has lived here his whole life. His mother’s grandmother emigrated here from England in the early 19th century with her older sister. Jeff’s family was involved in the industrial growth of Cortland during the economic boom. His great grandmother worked within the 1890 House, which at the time was the home of the Wickwire family, who were the owners of the Wickwire factory. His grandfather was an established factory worker, who climbed in the ranks until he had almost 400 people under him. His father was born in Clinton, New York, and completed university degree at SUNY Cortland where he met Jeff’s mother. His father worked as a teacher at Homer High School for many years, and his mother worked in a doctor’s office in Cortland. Jeff followed the footsteps of his father and graduated from Cortland High School, and continued his post secondary degree, studying History at SUNY Oswego. He completed his Teaching certification at SUNY Cortland and now works at Cortland High School. Jeff currently lives in Cortland, New York with his wife and three daughters and is an active member in the community. Jeff explains the obvious change in demographics that Cortland has seen through the industrial boom and the evident decline in economic wealth. He highlights the factories value to the Cortland community during the early stages of industrialization and how it shaped the town. Jeff held a position on City Council for 2 terms, which allowed him to understand the issues raised by the population of Cortland. He brings awareness to the importance of the university in this small community and its value to the town of Cortland. Jeff also gives perspective on the possible negative impact of the university on the town and the people of Cortland. Throughout the interview, Jeff is able to tell personal stories that illustrate the everyday life of a Cortland resident. He touches on the evident change of Cortland over the decades, which allows the public audience to connect to the history of this town. Overall, this interview is an example of oral and public history, and can be used as a tool to discover Cortland’s values which have been embedded over time. It allows an individual the opportunity to not only hear but connect to the rich history of this Cortland community, painting a picture of the past and present day.

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Stefano Alonzi, Sean Connell and Patrick Clancy are all studying history through their undergraduate degree, attending SUNY Cortland. This interview is for one of the assignments in the His 280 Fall 2017 semester class titled “Introduction to Public History.” This interview will be placed on display in the 1890 House museum, as a source of public history. This class was taught by Evan Faulkenbury.


Interview was conducted by Stefano Alonzo, Sean Connell, and Patrick Clancy on October 10, 2018.


Jeff Guido, Oral Histories, Cortland Community

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These oral histories express the personal views, memories, and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy, views, or official history of SUNY Cortland.

Guido, Jeff, 2017