Oral History at school: Learning by doing: talking, listening

Arizona Republic: Prescott, AZ, area 8th graders are learning history by learning to do oral history.

Edward Berger, state coordinator for the Arizona Heritage Project at Sharlot Hall Museum, is working with eighth-grade students at Mingus Springs, teaching them how to interview people and record their stories.

…“We work with teachers who understand that kids need to be in the community, recording the histories of important people,” Berger said.

The purpose of teaching the kids how to interview significant people in the community is to have them create oral history projects to display in their schools, Berger said.

Also, Berger hopes to get the students’ projects to appear in museums in the state and possibly in the American Life Folk Center in the Library of Congress, which Berger said is “dedicated to recording the stories of America.”

Teacher Jamie Nuzum said she wanted her students to participate in this project because “they’re studying the Vietnam War,” and the idea eventually is to have the students interview Vietnam veterans for the project.


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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on November 28, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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