Oral history in the news

News stories pertaining to oral history

Students Keep History Alive in Talks With Seniors

Talking with Seniors (L.A. Times, reg required)
Members of a Pierce College sociology class are writing biographies of participants in an older adult program held at the school.

For some seniors, the sessions provide an opportunity to ponder what they still want to accomplish.

“It’s a wonderful way for students to learn historical events in a personal context. Older adults can begin to figure out where they will be in the decades ahead,” said Donna Benton, a USC assistant research professor in gerontology. She runs the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center at USC’s Andrus Gerontology Center and is familiar with the process called life review.

It also gives students a chance to dispel stereotypes about seniors and become more comfortable with the aging process, Benton said.

“[Before the interviews] young people might think that older people aren’t sexual ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 29, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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From a blurb in a Michigan paper

This is one time when the words moderator  and boring  in the same sentence may not spell out punishment. (and when I was in grade school I hated my last name, too.)

The Freedom Series: “Air War in the Pacific” moderated by Frank Boring, director of oral history and programs, Michigan Military Preservation Society, at 9:30 a.m.Tuesday at Caledonia High School, 9757 Duncan Lake Ave. SE, Caledonia, free, call 974-1955.

Link to article

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 28, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Man finds roots using oral history

Tate County Democrat story about Melvin Collier’s search into his family’s past.

Collier’s quest to find his family roots has led him in many directions. He has learned a great deal through oral history—by talking to older relatives recounting stories of days gone by. “You know, without this, I could never have gotten as far as I have. The oral history is extremely important,” Collier said. Collier has also spent a lot of time searching census, marriage, death, birth and social security records in an effort to find out about his family. “It takes a lot of work, but it is something that I love to do,” he stated.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 27, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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ARTICLE: Oral history project explores women in science

From the Univeristy of Wisconsin an article about a woman faculty member whose experiences as a first woman faculty member has been recorded in the University of Wisconson-Madison archives Oral History Project.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 26, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Oral History and The Bomb

Los Alamos Monitor story on UNLV Nevada Test Site Oral History Project
Lecture by the director of the UNLV NTSOHP (now that’s a mouthful!), Mary Palevski.

In her lecture, Palevsky will discuss “Atomic Fragments” and how it led to her current work directing the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project at UNLV, during which oral history interviews are being conducted with over 150 individuals affiliated with the site in a variety of capacities during the Cold War. She will be conducting several interviews while in New Mexico

The article also discusses a bit about Oral History itself:

Although oral traditions are as old as humankind, the discipline of oral history came into being in the 20th century, with the rise of recording technologies. Palevsky will discuss the value of oral methods when researching and documenting nuclear history ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 23, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Bulitt Library (Louisville, KY) joins oral history effort

Veteran oral histories, part of the Veteran History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress and the AARP.

Louisville Library takes part in Veterans History Project

The Bullitt County Public Library is joining a national effort to preserve the memories and oral histories of war veterans, starting with an informational session this week to gauge interest in the county.

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