Western Oral History Program: Robert Snyder
This week we welcome back Intern/Volunteer Keith Rice for another guest blog post regarding his work on the Autry National Center’s Western Oral History Program. Read more about the program in his first post here and second post here.
In response to the positive feedback from Nancy Maclean’s post–World War II oral history interview, I am posting clips from the Robert Snyder interview. Please enjoy another glimpse into the extraordinary life of an Autry National Center docent.
Robert “Bob” Snyder grew up in Tucson, Arizona, during the 1930s and ’40s. He began serving the Methodist Church in Europe and the southwestern United States in the early 1950s. After graduating from high school at age 16, he moved to San Luis Obispo, California, to attend California Polytechnic University in pursuit of a degree in print engineering. After attending a Methodist Church youth meeting, Bob decided to become a minister for the Methodist Church. In 1953 he went to Germany as a Methodist work team member. Upon his return he graduated from the University of Arizona and then attended the Boston University School of Theology. His work for the Methodist Church has put him at the center of many situations unique to the post–World War II era.
Listen to clips from the Robert Snyder oral history interview: