description: The Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) Oral History Project began in 2013 and recorded 100 hours of interviews over the next two years. The project was designed to document the history of MWHC's expansion and record the recollections of people involved with its transformation. The oral history interviews were with board members, administrators, physicians, nurses, social workers, and community members. Beyond a story of expansion or a single organization, the interviews record successes and ongoing challenges with the transformations in health care and hospital-based medicine over the last thirty years. Oral history is a method of documenting the past through recorded interviews. The interview is between a narrator with firsthand knowledge of significant historical events and an informed interviewer. The goal is to expand the historical record, record firsthand accounts of social, cultural, and political changes, and preserve the recorded interview. The recording is transcribed, lightly edited for clarity, and reviewed by the interviewee. The final transcripts are archived in Special Collections in Simpson Library at the University of Mary Washington. The interview transcripts are available to researchers through the library and the project website, mwhchistory.com. Oral history is a primary source and is not intended to provide the final, verified, or complete history of events. It is a spoken account, often recorded in a single interview. It records and preserves an interviewee's memories and narration in response to questions by an interviewer. The interview is reflective and irreplaceable.