THORNBURY TWP. Thornbury Township has made a gift for its residents.

The township's Historical Commission and Historical Society have joined to make a video oral history project and interviewed longtime residents. A 55-minute DVD of the highlights of 26 of the interviews is available free to each family at the township building, 6 Township Dr., Cheyney. Additional videos are available for $3 each.

Some of the personal accounts that residents told are linked to events such as the Great Depression or the civil rights movement. Other stories are about trips to the general store in Glen Mills, growing up in the local orphanage, or attending a one-room schoolhouse, said Jim Raith, president of the board of supervisors.

Some of those interviewed have lived in the township for more than 70 years, Raith said.

"It is a matter of capturing the history through the eyes of the people who were here before us," said Raith.

- Mari A. Schaefer