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OHA Annual Meeting: Spotlight on Presidential Reception


Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:00-8:30PM 



The Presidential Reception will take place at the stunning new Oklahoma History Center. An architectural masterpiece, the Oklahoma History Center is an 18-acre, 215,000 square-foot learning center exploring Oklahoma’s history, culture, and heritage. The reception will be held in the soaring 80-ft glass atrium with a dramatic view of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The five state-of-the-art galleries housing more than 200 hands-on audio, video and computer activities will be open for viewing.  Exhibits include We Are Who We Were representing all 38 federally recognized American Indian tribes currently associated with Oklahoma and Oklahoma @ the Movies, a major new exhibit celebrating Oklahomans’ involvement with the motion picture industry.

Bob Blackburn, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will provide a short introduction to Oklahoma history.  The featured entertainment of the evening will be a performance of the musical piece PolangoPolango is inspired by the music and the lives of Appalachian coal miners of central Pennsylvania. Scott McAllister, the composer, used a research grant from the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University to record the stories and music of coal miners from the early to mid-twentieth century. Inspired by these oral histories, he wrote this arrangement, combining elements of tango and polka forms, virtuosic cadenzas, lyrical and pyrotechnical music to feature soloists on accordion, piano, bassoon, and clarinet.

Come join us for a wonderful gathering including food and a cash bar. There will be a $5 charge to attend the reception, payable with registration, which will cover transportation. Shuttle bus service to the Oklahoma History Center will depart from the Skirvin Hotel beginning at 5:30 pm and return guests to the Skirvin after the reception.

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NEH Announces Positions in Public Humanities Grant Program

The NEH announced their new Positions in Public Humanities, which are now part of the America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations (AHCO) grant program.

Positions in Public Humanities are intended to reinvigorate the interpretation of the humanities at museums and historical organizations. As part of an AHCO grant request, organizations are invited to request a supplement for a Position in Public Humanities. This program supports two-year, entry-level positions at museums, historical societies, and historic sites for recent graduates of public humanities programs (MA or PhD) whose expertise is critical to a project’s success.

More information is available here.

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Cuentamelo: An Oral History of Queer “Latin@” Immigrants in San Francisco

Juliana Delgado conducted interviews with four gay and transgender Latin American immigrants who tell of coming to San Francisco in the 1980s and the ways in which they survived, built, changed (and were changed by) the city. This small compilation of oral histories maps Latin queerness as seen and lived in Spanish: It highlights the changes that over time have impacted the community: immigration laws, access to health care, the hormone black market, AIDS funding, and, with it, the rise and fall of Latino organizations, bars, and community centers.

The translated interviews are available on the SFWeekly webpage. 

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Blog: LGBT Oral History from the LA Gay and Lesbian Center

Post by David Reichard 

As a member of the Diversity Committee, I am always looking for how oral histories from underrepresented communities are being collected and shared more widely. I recently came across a project from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center that piqued my interest.

As Kathleen Sullivan, Director of the Seniors Services Program, told me when I called about the project, they wanted to document stories not typically associated with the aging experience–those of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors. After the interviews were complete, they produced a short but poignant film showcasing a smaller subset of the oral histories collected.  The film, primarily put together by a group of volunteers that included the filmmaker, an editor, and a musician who wrote an original score for the film, was also supported by limited grant funding which supported much of the necessary technical support needed to complete the project.

To start, the organizers came up with a group of questions they wanted to explore, drawing their interviewees mostly from patrons of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.  Those interviewees shared stories about coming out, the kinds of their life experiences as LGBT people, and their involvement in local activism. The filming, editing and production process took about a year to complete. After the success of this initial project, Sullivan notes that the Center hopes explore ways to showcase more of the stories they collected, perhaps in another film, collect additional oral histories from a more diverse group of seniors, and perhaps connect youth with elders through the oral history process. All in all, the project really highlights just how important community-based organizations have been in collecting, archiving and sharing LGBT histories, particularly collecting these kinds of stories through oral history.

You can watch the film here.

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Oral History Forum d’histoire orale announces Annotated Bibliography of Oral History in Canada: 1980-2012

The Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is proud to announce a new resource:
Annotated Bibliography of Oral History in Canada: 1980 – 2012
by Kristina R. Llewellyn and Dana Nowak (Renison University College, Waterloo University)


Oral history in Canada has flourished over the past two decades. There is a lack of knowledge, however, regarding the depth of publications in the field and the numerous scholars across the country who are engaged in oral history methods. This annotated bibliography is intended to act as a research guide for interdisciplinary scholars in the field. The bibliography was completed in the fall of 2012 by Dr. Kristina R. Llewellyn and her research assistant Dana Nowak. The authors conducted extensive searches in social sciences and humanities library databases for published works in the field of oral history with a Canadian subject focus. Keyword searches associated with oral history were inclusive of, but not exclusive to, oral tradition, narrative, storytelling, and folklore. Some additions were made to the bibliography based on the authors’ knowledge of other published works. The annotations are those provided by the authors and/or publishers (some with minor grammatical changes). The bibliography is only a partial list of Canadian oral history publications. The search methods particularly limited the findings for chapters in edited collections and articles published in journals outside the social sciences and humanities.
Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is committed to updating this bibliography as the field continues to develop.

Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is the open access online journal of the Canadian Oral History Association.

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum telling history of wars, one story at a time

More than 1,800 oral histories of Wisconsin veterans, dating back to the program’s start in 1994, are on cassette tapes, CDs and now digital recordings.

The museum hired its first full-time oral historian in 2011 for a two-year term. The position becomes permanent later this summer, though it will no longer be full-time, according to Museum Director Michael Telzrow.

Oral historian Molly Graham expanded the program by training people at the Veterans Home in King, hospitals and local military history groups to record oral histories. She also started an ambitious project to digitize all of the recordings, many of which are on cassette, with the goal of eventually offering oral histories online.

The museum now has 1,857 oral histories of veterans, with more added weekly.

Read more about the oral history project here.

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Oral History on BackStory – Voices from the 1927 Mississippi River Flood

Oral history plays a starring role in the latest episode of BackStory – a public radio program that explores major ideas, themes, and features of American life through three centuries of history.

The episode looks to the history of the Mississippi River, and includes a segment on the Great Flood of 1927 – told from the perspective of some of those who survived it. Experience it HERE, on the BackStory radio webpage.

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Blog: Introducing the International Committee

Welcome to the OHA International Committee’s first blog in which I would like to introduce our committee.

What do we do?
The International Committee serves as liaison to the International Oral History Association, ensures international participation in the OHA annual meeting program, encourages institutional participation in OHA publications, and holds an open session at the OHA Annual Meeting to promote discussion among members.

Who are we?
Chair: Elizabeth Millwood, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011-2014)
IOHA Liaison:  Jessica Wiederhorn, The Narrative Trust, New York
OHA Council Liaison: Calinda Lee, Emory University

Committee Members:
Nancy Dewey, Independent scholar (2010-2013)
Ben Houston, University of Newcastle (UK) (2010-2013)
Lisa Ndejuru, Concordia University (2010-2013)
Michael Kilburn, Endicott College (2011-2014)
Miriam Nyhan, New York University (2011-2014)
Alex Primm, Independent scholar (2011-2014)
Valerie Yow, Independent scholar (2012-2015)
Latasha Wilson, Oklahoma State University (2012-2015)
Leslie McCartney, University of Alaska (2012-2015)

Trying to find us?
Visit our page on the OHA website:

Ideas?  Contact Us.
If you would like to see something highlighted in future in this blog, please feel free to email me ude.a1632500094ksala1632500094@yent1632500094raccm1632500094l1632500094.

Many thanks
Your International Committee Web Liaison,
Leslie McCartney

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C-Span presents oral history with Michael Conway

C-Span presents an oral history with Michael Conway, Michael Conway, who served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during their impeachment inquiry. Mr. Conway talks about meeting Bill and Hillary Clinton and John Doar during his time at Yale Law School, and about working for Doar who served as special counsel to the judiciary committee. He also gives firsthand accounts of the committee’s hearings, writing of the final report, and of the bipartisanship and secrecy among Judiciary Committee staffers.
Watch the video on their website.

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