Oral History and Community Programs


March 18, 2009 to June 1, 2009
John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit Street

Are you interested in starting an oral history project but unsure about where to begin or how to proceed? This workshop helped participants plan an oral history project; learn to conduct, record, and preserve oral interviews; and create innovative programming using your interviews. The session addressed how to define a project, find people to interview, develop interview topics and questions, record and preserve your interviews, create outreach and programming, and understand legal and ethical protocols. This workshop was geared toward both novice interviewers and experienced professionals explore new ways to use interviews.

Over the past fifteen years, speaker Anne M. Valk has worked extensively on community oral history projects in New England, the Midwest, and the South, examining experiences of immigration, industrialization and deindustrialization, and racial segregation. She has taught oral history classes and workshops for audiences ranging from university classes and museum professionals to volunteer community groups and public school teachers. The workshop will include examples derived from Valk’s own work, as well as information about other exemplary projects that have used oral history as the basis for historical documentation, community theater performances, museum exhibits, and other forms of programming.