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Using Oral History in Your Classroom or Program: An Overview:

Throughout the world, educators and students from grade to graduate school are using oral history in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of reasons including: (1) Making history come alive for students; (2) Providing students with authentic opportunities to be practicing historians; (3) Allowing students to contribute to the historical record through the creation and preservation of a primary source; (4) Giving back to the communities in which they live and study by preserving their history through service-learning projects or within Place-Based education programs; (5) Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of oral history as a historical methodology. Oral history is most often integrated into classrooms and programs through "ready-made" oral history sources, or through an oral history projects that can last from one-day or a whole school year.

Student Projects and Programs

Post-Secondary and Professional Oral History Programs and Projects:

ACTUP Oral History Project. http://www.actuporalhistory.org.

BRATS: Growing Up Military. http://www.tckworld.com/thebratsfilm/index.html

Civil Rights Documentation Project - University of Southern Mississippi
http://www.congresslink.org/civilrights/index.htm

Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project. http://history.ky.gov

Civil Rights Oral History Interviews. Washington State University Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections. http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/Holland/MASC/xcivilrights.html

Family Oral History Using Digital Tools. http://familyoralhistory.us/

Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory. http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm/

Martha Ross Center for Oral History. http://userpages.umbc.edu/~tatarewi/mrc/.

National Visionary Leadership Project. http://www.visionaryproject.com/home3.html

Oral History on Space, Science and Technology.
http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/dsh/ohp-introduction.html

Oral History Project of the World War Two Years. http://people.csp.edu/saylor/OHP/OHPhomepage.htm.

Rosie the Riveter Project. http://www.ford.com/go/rosie.

Smokejumping and Forest Fire Fighting Oral History Project. http://www.idahohistory.net/smokejumper.html

South Dakota Oral History Center: Institute of American Indian Studies. http://www.usd.edu/iais/oralhist.cfm

Southern Oral History Program - UNC Chapel Hill. http://sohp.org/

"Studs Terkel: Conversations with America." Chicago Historical Society. http://www.studsterkel.org/index.html

Suffragists Oral History Project. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu:2020/dynaweb/teiproj/oh/suffragists/

The T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at Louisiana State University. http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/williams/.

Talking History: Aural History Productions. http://www.talkinghistory.org.

UCLA Oral History Program. http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/ohp/ohpindex.htm

United States Senate Oral History Program conducted by Donald Ritchie.
http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/g_three_sections_with_teasers/oralhistory.htm

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. http://www.time.com/time/classroom/unchained/

Undesirable Elements Community-Theater Oral History Project. http://www.undesirableelements.org

University of New South Wales Archives. http://www.recordkeeping.unsw.edu.au

Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive (VOAHA). http://www.csulb.edu/voaha.

Voices from the Thirties: Life Histories from the Federal Writers' Project
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/exhome.html.

The Washington Press Club Foundation Oral History Project, "Women in Journalism." http://wpcf.org/Pages/oralhistory/intvwees.html

"Witness to a Jewish Century" Centropa: Jewish Heritage and Central and Eastern Europe. http://www.centropa.org/archive.asp?arch=HF&mode=adv

Veterans History Project. A Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/.

"Vietnam: The Never Ending War." San Mateo Middle College. http://pages.prodigy.net/meng25/mchs/

VOAHA: The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive. http://salticid.nmc.csulb.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/OralAural.woa/wa/collection?pt=109

Wieder, Alan. "White Teachers/White Schools: Oral Histories from the Struggle Against Apartheid," Multicultural Education (Summer 2003): 26-31.

National Oral History Projects:

National History Day. http://www.nationalhistoryday.org
Storycorps: An Oral History of America. http://storycorps.net
Veterans Oral History Project. http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets


Pre-Collegiate Oral History Projects:

Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History & Memory Project http://www.aliveintruth.org/a_pages/who_we_are.htm

The American Century Project www.americancenturyproject.org

Anand, Bernadette, Michelle Fine, David S. Surrey and Tiffany Perkins & the Renaissance School Class of 2000. Keeping the Struggle Alive: Studying
Desegregation in Our Town.. Keeping the Struggle Alive: Studying Desegregation in Our Town, A Guide to Doing Oral History. New York: Teachers College Press, 2002.

The Bland County History Archives, maintained by the students of Rocky Gap High School (Rocky Gap, Virginia). Available at http://www.bland.k12.va.us/bland/rocky/gap.html

Brody, Barry, and Alan J. Singer. "Franklin K. Lane High School Oral History Project and History Magazine." OAH Magazine of History, 4 (1990): 7-9.

D.C. Everest Area Schools: Oral History Program. http://www.dce.k12.wi.us/srhigh/socialstudies/histday/.

Countdown to Millennium: An Oral History Collection Project. http://frognet.net/countdown/

Foxfire. http://www.foxfire.org.

"Got Roots?" http://www.pbs4549.org/HISTORY/BROWNMID/GOTROOTS.HTM

Gulledge, Judy H., and Christine A. Capaci. Pennywinkle: Oral Histories from Tylerton, Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk, VA.: Letto Gooch, 1999.

The Hudson Falls High School World War II Living History Project. http://www.hfcsd.org/ww2/.

Langston Hughes Middle School Project. http://www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/pcaoral.html

Llanogrande Center's Oral History Project. http://www.llanogrande.org/.

Loudoun Valley High School (Partners with Library of Congress) Veterans Oral History Project. http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/lvhs

Mississippi Oral History Project, “Oral History Schoolhouse” http://www.usm.edu/msoralhistory/

The Montana Heritage Project. http://www.montanaheritageproject.org/

Mooresville High School (Mooresville, Indiana) "We Made Do - Recalling the Great Depression." Available at http://www.heni.us/madedo/

1968: The Whole World was Watching. http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/

Reston Reflections Oral History Archive - The Langston Hughes Middle School Project (Reston, Virginia). Available at http://www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/pcaoral.html

The Rocky Gap High School Oral History and Technology Project. http://www.bland.k12.va.us/bland/rocky/gap.html

Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project. http://www.tellingstories.org

Tell Me Your Story: An Oral History Curriculum for High School and Middle Schools Involving Students with their Families and Community. http://tellmeyourstories.org

"Teen Chicago" http://www.teenchicago.org/

Video Documentary project at the Connelly School of the Holy Child. Contact Ken Woodard. kwoodard@holychild.org

Visions: The Soul and Spirit of South Baton Rouge Churches; and Pictures in My Mind: An Oral History of South Baton Rouge Community Business and the Business Community. http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/williams

Wayland High School History Project http://www.whshistoryproject.org/

We Made Do: Recalling the Great Depression. http://www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/pcaoral.html

What Did You Do in the War Grandma? http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/WWII_Women/tocCS.html

Submit Your Classroom or Program Project:

Educators interested in having their projects considered for posting at this site should submit their work to Glenn Whitman gwhitman@saes.org.

Educator Workshops

Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley. http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/education/institute/index.html

Columbia University Oral History Research Office, Summer Institute on Oral History http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/summer/index.html (212-854-7083).

Foxfire Museum and Center. http://www.foxfire.org/.

Idaho State Historical Society: Idaho Oral History Center. 208-334-3863. Troy.reeves@ishs.idaho.gov

Oral History Association Annual Meeting Educator Workshop. http://www.oralhistory.org/education/

Oral History Training Institute sponsored by The Ohio Humanities Council, The Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums, The Ohio Historical Society and The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College. 1-800-858-6878 http://www.ohiohumanities.org/his_institute/his_institute.htm

The Oral History Workshop led by Charles Morrissey. http://www.tui.edu/current/conferences/oral/default.asp?strLink=Aa.7.3

Oral History Workshop on the Web. Baylor University Institute for Oral History. PO Box 97271, Waco, TX 76798-7271. http://www.baylor.edu/oral_history/index.php?id=23560

Telling their Stories: Producing Web-Based Digital Video Oral Histories - http://www.tellingstories.org/workshop/cit.html (Teacher Workshop). last week of July, 2009 (tbd)
The Urban School, San Francisco, CA 94117

Virginia Folklife Program: Oral History Workshop. http://www.virginiafoundation.org/grants/folklife/about_history_mission.php

Workshops are also available through national, regional and state oral history
and related associations:

American Association for State and Local History. 1717 Church Street Nashville, TN 37203-2991. 615-320-3203. http://www.aaslh.org

American Folklife Center Library of Congress 101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540 http://lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/

Canadian Oral History Association http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/oral-history

Consortium of Oral History Educators. (COHE), COHE P.O Box 24 Ellicott City, MD 21041. 410-744-5565 COHELanman@aol.com.

International Oral History Association--Alexander Von Plato, Secretary Fernuniversitat
Hagen Leibigstr. 11 D-58511 Ludenscheid Germany http://www.ioha.fgv.br/

Martha Ross Center for Oral History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. http://userpages.umbc.edu/~tatarewi/mrc/

Michigan Oral History Association 5580 West State Road Lansing, MI, 48906 Phone 517-321-1746 http://www.h-net.org/~oralhist/moha/

National Council on Public History. 327 Cavanaugh Hall-IUPUI, 425 University Boulevard Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 274-2716. http://ncph.org/

New England Association for Oral History http://www.ucc.uconn.edu/~cohadm01/neaoh.html
Northwest Oral History Association. C/o Idaho State Historical Society, Public Archives & Research Library, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712-8250.
http://www.his.state.mt.us/finduse/noha.asp

Oral History Association of Australia. http://www.ohaa.net.au/

Oral History Association. Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773 Carlisle, PA 17013. 717-245-1036. OHA@dickinson.edu. http://www.oralhistory.org/

Oral History Association of Minnesota. http://www.oham.org/

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR). 4041 Fragile Sail Way Ellicott City, MD 21042-5017. http://www.ohmar.org

Oral History Society. http://www.oralhistory.org.uk/ Oral History Society
c/o Department of History Essex University Colchester C04 3SQ England.
020 7412 7405. http://www.oralhistory.org.uk/

Southwest Oral History Association http://www.southwestoralhistory.org

Texas Oral History Association PO Box 97271 Waco, Texas 76798-7271.
254-710-3437. http://www.baylor.edu/toha/

Featured Oral History Association Project:

“Telling Their Stories: An Oral History Archives Project” is a project conducted by high school students at the Urban School of San Francisco. These students conduct and film interviews with Bay Area Holocaust survivors, World War II camp liberators, and Japanese American Internees in their homes. Students then transcribe each 2-plus hour interview, create hundreds of movie files associated with each transcript, and then post the full-text, full-video interviews on this public website as a service to a world-wide audience. In March of 2004, The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recognized Urban School 's Telling Their Stories project with a Leading Edge Recognition award for excellence in technology integration.

Visitors are urged to send feedback in the form of suggestions as well as to point out any errors - oralhistory@urbanschool.org. http://www.tellingstories.org/


"Euclid Corridor Oral History Project" http://www.csuohio.edu/euclid_corridor/

Awards

Martha Ross Pre-Collegiate Teaching Award:


In 1993 the Oral History Association established an honorific award to recognize a distinguished primary or secondary school teacher or professional involved in educational outreach at the precollegiate level who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way. The Precollegiate Teaching Award is presented biannually in odd-numbered years.

-The award-winning teacher will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA, an honorarium, and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Criteria for the award are:

  • The teacher has developed an innovative philosophy or strategy for the use of oral history; and/or successfully implemented an existing strategy for doing oral history with students; and/or used oral history in print or other format to enhance learning.
    * The teacher's work or approach is a model for the use of oral history in education.
    * The teacher has demonstrated familiarity with both oral history scholarship and the literature relating oral history to educational practice.
    * The project or curriculum reflects appropriate standards for historical research and interpretation, oral history interviewing, preservation of completed tapes (and transcripts, where applicable), and presentation.
    * The oral history project or curriculum has a civic or community component.

To nominate a teacher or education professional for this award:

Submit one copy of each of the following materials to each member of the teaching awards committee below:

  • A two- or three-page statement describing both the teacher's philosophy or goals relating to the use of oral history in an educational setting and the details of the oral history project or curriculum the teacher has developed
    * Supporting materials such as syllabi, assignments, transcripts, press releases and other pro-motional material, publications, media productions, et cetera
    * A nominating or supporting letter describing both the educator's use of oral history and the rationale for nomination.


Postsecondary Teaching Award:

The Postsecondary Teaching Award of the Oral History Association is presented biannually in even-numbered years. Established in 1993, the award recognizes a distinguished postsecondary educator involved in undergraduate, graduate, continuing, or professional education who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way. The next award will be made at the OHA's 2006 annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. The award-winning educator will receive a framed award certificate, a one-year membership in the OHA, and complimentary registration to the annual meeting.

Criteria for the award are:

  • The educator has developed an innovative philosophy or strategy for the use of oral history; and/or successfully implemented an existing strategy for doing oral history with students; and/or used oral history in print or other medium to enhance learning;
    * The educator's work or approach is a model for the use of oral history in education;
    * The educator has demonstrated familiarity with both oral history scholarship and the literature relating oral history to educational practice;
    * The project or curriculum adheres to appropriate standards for historical research and interpretation, oral history interviewing, preservation of recordings (and transcripts, where applicable), and presentation;
    * The oral history project or curriculum has a civic or community component.

To nominate a teacher or education professional for this award:

Submit one copy of each of the following materials to each member of the teaching awards committee below:

  • A two- or three-page statement describing both the educator's philosophy or goals relating to the use of oral history in an educational setting and the details of the oral history project or curriculum the educator has developed;
    * Supporting materials such as syllabi, assignments, transcripts, press releases and other promotional material, publications, media productions, et cetera;
    * A nominating or supporting letter describing both the educator's use of oral history and the rationale for nomination.


Oral History as an Educational Methodology:

Brooks, Michael. "'Long, Long Ago': Recipe for a Middle School Oral History Program." OAH Magazine of History 11, no. 3 (Spring 1997): 32.

Brown, Cynthia Stokes. Like It Was: A Complete Guide to Writing Oral History. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative. 1988.

Clegg, Luther B., et al. "Creating Oral History Projects for the Social Studies Classroom." Social Studies Review 32, (1992): 53-60.

Carter, Jeff. "History and Technology: Using Today's Tools to Help Students Access, Analyze, and Make History." Cable in the Classroom (November 2002): 13.

Dean, Pamela, Toby Daspit, and Petra Menro. Talking Gumbo: An Oral History Manual for Secondary School Teachers, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1996. A companion to "You've Got To Hear the This Story," a 30-minute "how-to" video for conducting oral history interviews. Available through the Williams Center for Oral History.

Gillis, C. The Community as a Classroom: Integrating School and Community Through Language Arts. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers. 1992.

Hamer, Lynne. "Oralized History: History Teachers as Oral History Tellers." The Oral History Review 27, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2000), 19-39.

Hill, Margaret. "Oral History Research: Internet Resources and Reports." Social Education 65, no. 1 (2001): 4-6.

Hoopes, James. Oral History: An Introduction for Students. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.

Hudson Jr., Larry E. and Ellen Durrigan Santora. "Oral History: An Inclusive Highway to the Past. The History Teacher 36 (February 2003), 206-220.

Huerta, Grace C. and Leslie A. Flemmer. "Using Student-Generated Oral History Research in the Secondary Classroom." The Clearing House 74, no. 2 (2000): 105-110.

Jennings, Judy. "My Mama Told Me:' Reclaiming the Story in Oral History." The History Teacher 30 (1996): 89-95.

K'Meyer, Tracey E. "'It's Not Just Common Sense': A Blueprint for Teaching Oral History." Oral History Review 25, nos. 1-2 (Summer/Fall 1998): 37-38.

Kelm, Daniel. To Feel as Our Ancestors Did: Collecting and Performing Oral History . Portsmouth , NH : Heinemann, 2005.

Lanman, Barry A. "Oral History as an Educational Tool for Teaching Immigration an Black History in American High Schools: Findings and Queries." The International Journal of Oral History 8, no. 2 (June 1987): 122-135.

Lanman, Barry and Whendling, Laura eds. Educating the Next Generation of Oral Historians . Walnut Creek , California : AltaMira Press, 2006.


. "The Use of Oral History in the Classroom: A Comparative Analysis of the 1974 and 1987 Oral History Association Surveys." The Oral History Review 17 (Spring 1989): 215-226.
and George L. Mehaffy. Oral History in the Secondary School Classroom. Los Angeles, CA: Oral History Association, Pamphlet No. 2. 1989.

Lee, Charles R. and Kathryn L. Nasstrom. "Practice and Pedagogy: Oral History in the Classroom." Oral History Review 25, no. 1/2 (Summer/Fall, 1998): 1-7.

Mehaffy, George L., Thad Sitton, and O.L. Davis, Jr. Oral History in the Classroom. How to Do It series 2, no. 8. Washington: National Council for the Social Studies, 1979.

Neuenschwander, John A. Oral History as a Teaching Approach. Washington: National Education Association, 1976.

Olmedo, Irma M. "Junior Historians: Doing Oral History with ESL and Bilingual Students." TESOL JOURNAL, Summer 1993. http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/miscpubs/tesol/tesoljournal/juniorhi.htm

"Oral History." OAH Magazine of History 11, no. 3 (Spring 1997).

Oral History Project for Adult Education Classes. New Bedford Division of Adult/Continuing Education 455 County Street New Bedford, MA 02740. http://literacytech.worlded.org/docs/oralhist/ma2a.htm

Payne, Emily M., and Barbara G. Lyman. "Family and Community Oral History." Reading Improvement 31 (1994): 221-223.

Ritchie, Donald A. "Teaching the Cold War Through Oral History." Organization of American Historians Magazine of History 8 (Winter 1994). http://www.oah.org/pubs/magazine/coldwar/ritchie.html.

Roy, Loriene. "Planning an Oral History Project." Journal of Youth Services in Libraries 6 (1993): 409-413.

Sitton, Thad, et al. Oral History: A Guide for Teachers (and Others). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. 1983.

Steinberg, Stephen. "The World Inside the Classroom: Using Oral History to Explore Racial and Ethnic Diversity." The Social Studies 84 (1993): 71-73.

"Tell Us How It Was: Students Interview Their Elders." What Kids Can Do: Student
Work Oral Histories. http://www.whatkidscando.org/oralhistories.html.

"Using Oral History: Lesson Overview" (Library of Congress' American Memory) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/oralhist/ohhome.html

"Voices of Experience: Oral History in the Classroom." Magazine of History 11, no. 3 (Spring 1997): 23-31.

Walbert, Kathryn. "Oral History." Hottodoit. National Council for the Social Studies. 2004.

Whitman, Glenn. Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards Through Oral History . Walnut Creek , California : AltaMira Press, 2004.

Whitman, Glenn. "Teaching Students How to Be Historians: An Oral History Project for the Pre-collegiate Classroom." The History Teacher 33 (Fall 2000): 469-481.

Wigginton, Eliot, ed. The Foxfire Book. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1972.


. The Foxfire Book Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moon (Garden City, New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1972).
. Sometimes a Shining Moment: The Foxfire Experience. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1985.
and Christopher Crawford. "Foxfire and the Educational Mainstream," in Rebecca Sharpless and David Stricklin eds. The Past Meets the Present: Essays On Oral History. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1988. 101-118. Available at Baylor University's Institute for Oral History's Workshop on the Web. http://www3.baylor.edu/Oral_History/Workshop.htm.

Wood, Linda. Oral History Projects in the Classroom Pennsylvania: Oral History Association, 2001 and companion video History from the Living: The Organization and Craft of Oral History. Newport, RI: Grin Productions, 1998. 17 minutes. Available from J. Long Grin Productions, 6 Carey Street, Newport, RI 02804.

Featured Oral History Article:

Kelm, Daniel. To Feel as Our Ancestors Did: Collecting and Performing Oral History . Portsmouth , NH : Heinemann, 2005.

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