Podcast 2: A Tale of Two Congressmen

Podcast 2: A Tale of Two Congressmen. Just in time for July 4th: On Memorial Day, I talk to my congressman, David Dreier, about digital longevity, the law and oral history. Then, a clip of Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconson, about how a family discussion led to the Veterans History Project. (Thanks to Wisconson Radio Network for the clip)

Show Notes:
BoingBoing Post that inspired the conversation with David Dreier
Clay Shirky
Mary Hodder
David Dreier, CA-26
WRN.com’s coverage of Ron Kind’s remarks (by Jackie Johnson)
Congressman Ron Kind
Veterans History Project
The toll-free number to order your Veterans History Project kit: 888-371-5848

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 30, 2006 in • LegalityOral History ProjectsPodcasts
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Coney Island Voices: An Oral History Spectacle!

Coney Island Voices. Preserve stories and memories of Coney Island, and training school groups to do it: “Our mission is to record an oral history of the area and to sponsor educational exhibits. Working with schoolgroups in the neighborhood as well as College students, the Coney Island Voices project will teach young people the techniques of oral history, including interviewing, recording, editing and archiving.”

image It’s got a fantastic website. I’m a sucker for old photos of carnival & midway scenes, so I like the images. They’ve done a very nice job with a Flash audio player for the interviews on their website. You can browse by person or by subject. The Flash player for each interview is segmented by topic. So if you browse by topic, you go to an interview—right to the pertinent part. Very nice. The audio quality is a bit iffy, tho. (phone calls, background hums for the Coney Island memory booth).

The first exhibit put on by Coney Island Voices is Hall of Fame. “Inventors, performers, impressarios, and community leaders - these are among the many pioneers and visionaries whose creativity ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 28, 2006 in • Online Oral History Collections
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Sunday, June 11: Vloggercon in San Francisco: I talk Oral History

Vloggercon, Oral History, Digital Stories and Mother’s Day: I’ve been hard at work creating a digital story from an interview I conducted with my Mother on Mother’s Day. I’ll be showing it tomorrow (Sunday, June 11, 3:15 pm) at the Vloggercon panel on Digital Storytelling and Oral History.

Sessions are streamed live over the web (link to live streams here; my session takes place in the Valhalla room). The video will be available afterwards for viewing, too.

It took all week to create a 3-minute video. Lots of motion graphics; I took a motion graphics class a year ago; I got to put it all to use for this. It’s prolly a bit over-the-top as far as digital storytelling goes, and I’m very pleased with the result. (my boyfriend looked at it and said, “You may intimidate people with it; they’ll look at it and say, “I have to do all that?!” Good point. But I’ve done graphic design for decades…) Will prolly post it online and link to it one of these days once things get back ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 10, 2006 in • AfterwardsDo it: Learn HowPersonal History
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Three Coastal OH projects document life in North Carolina, Florida, California

From the newsbag, comes word of three projects to preserve life and lore of seaside areas in the face of change: North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Seaside, California (near Monterey), and Florida’s Apalachicola Bay

North Carolina’s Ocracoke and Hatteras islands: New stories gathered over 6-year period add to previous oral histories from 1970s. The collection will be sold as a two-CD set; CDs are interactive—select a particular village and go to stories from that place.

A native islander remembers when, before the weather bureau arrived, nobody had ever heard of the word hurricane. “We didn’t know about tornadoes or hurricanes, it was a bad nor’ easter or something like that,” said the islander in the study.

“Many old timers shake their heads at the fuss that is made in modern times with mass evacuations, FEMA teams, visits from helicopters, insurance adjusters and reporters,” claims the ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 05, 2006 in • Online Oral History CollectionsOral history in the newsOral History Projects
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Preserving history in obsolete digital formats

Digital Domesday Book lasts 15 years not 1000. This March 3, 2002 article illustrates the hazards of entrusting your digitized bits to a dying format. By December 2002, researchers successfully retrieved the bits. The Domesday book, created in 1086, is a record of the state of Britain at that time.

The digital archive, and how it got locked:

The special computers developed to play the 12in video discs of text, photographs, maps and archive footage of British life are - quite simply - obsolete.

As a result, no one can access the reams of project information - equivalent to several sets of encyclopaedias - that were assembled about the state of the nation in 1986. By contrast, the original Domesday Book - an inventory of eleventh-century England compiled in 1086 by Norman monks - is in fine condition in the Public Record Office, Kew, and can be accessed by anyone who can read and has the right credentials. ‘It is ironic, but the 15-year-old version is unreadable, while the ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 03, 2006 in • DigitalityLongevity
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Veterans History Project sparked by family oral history

Wisconsin Radio Network describes how Congressman Ron Kind’s family picnic has had a nationwide effect.

Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) authored the Veterans History Project on the federal level six years ago, after an experience at a family gathering. “What inspired me to do that was a picnic table conversation that I was having with my own father, who served during the Korea war conflict, as well as his brother – my uncle – who was a bomber pilot in the Pacific during the Second World War. And they, for the very first time, started talking about their experience serving our nation during those two conflicts. This was the first time I heard it.”

The site has a 6 minute MP3 audio file of Congressman Kind’s remarks. Well worth listening to.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on June 02, 2006 in • Oral history in the newsOral History Projects
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