Oral History in the news for week ending March 25
Roundup of news stories about Oral History this past week. From Dam builders to Dancers to Latino Vets, to US Senators… From Maori in New Zealand to Bangladesh to Appalaicha to Native Americans of Nevada.
- CA Gold Country Exhibit for Folsom Dam at Folsom History Museum (from now till July, 2006) features oral history interviews of people who built the dam. “We’re going to have an oral history booth where people can pick up a phone and listen to a clip of one person we interviewed who worked on Folsom Dam,” (I just read a biography of Wm Mulholland, who built the Aquaduct from Owens Valley to Los Angeles, so the memories of dam-builders intrigues me mightily!)
- Rest in Peace, Doris Jones. Jones founded the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, to provide dance training for others; she was denied training due to race. She lived to 92 and won awards and was featured in an oral history at Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History.
- New Zealand: Love of history drives research into Treaty grievances
- Appalachian Studies Center Launches in North Georgia at NGCSU. Many projects, including the Towns County Homecoming Oral History Project
- Native American Films premiere April 7 at UN Reno: “People of the Marsh” and “Under One Sky” are productions of the UNReno’s Oral History Program
- Winchester, MA. Oral History Performance, “In Their Own Words, Part IV” on April 5. Tales from Winchester from earlier in 20th century.
- North Dakota: Barnes County Historical Museum profiled in Times Record, including the museum’s oral history collection and participation in the Veterans Oral History Project.
- New Haven, CT: Group restores New Haven Holocaust Memorial; Yale’s New Haven Oral History Project helps with oral history of memorial. Oral History presentation to take place April 26
- Senator Ted Kennedy speaks at his law school Alma Mater at the University of Virginia. He addresses the importance of oral history. The Miller Center for Public Affairs at UV has been conducting an oral history of Kennedy’s life and career.
- Bangladesh: Liberation War Museum celebrates 10-year anniversary. Museum has oral history project: “students listen to the stories of liberation war from their elderly relatives and then write and submit those to the museum”
- Georgia Southwest State University participates in Veterans Oral History Project; seeks vets for interviews.
- Austin, Texas. Voices of Valor: a play about Latinos in WW2, inspired by oral history project. View accompanying news story from News 8 Austin. (Windows Media Player, flakey playback rewards the exceedingly patient.)
- US Joint Forces Command: Media Roundtable on the Iraqi Perspective Project. Analysis of Iraqi regime and their actions and decisions from March to May, 2003. From document study and interviews with senior Iraqi leaders.