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Education Committee Blog

By Erin L. Conlin

Recent civil rights-era commemorations (like the 1965 march to Selma, AL) and present-day activists remind us that racial issues continue to challenge our nation. As oral historians, we are well positioned to foster better historical understanding and increase public awareness. Students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida have spent the last eight years traveling to the Mississippi Delta gathering oral histories with civil rights activists. The Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP) has a rich collection of resources, including: over 180 interviews, documentary films, podcasts, curated collections, and recorded academic/activist panel discussions. MFP offers students an incredible service-learning opportunity. Students travel the Delta with longtime resident-activists learning about and producing history first hand. The collected testimonies, and projects produced utilizing those interviews, expand and enrich our understanding of the ongoing struggle for equality, freedom, and justice.

Find our more about the MFP at

Giving Voice: Interpreting and Preserving Oral Histories

The Oral History Association will co-sponsor a national conference for archivists, librarians, collections managers, and other collections staff working with oral history interviews on May 19 at the Atlanta History Center.  Developed by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the conference will bring together noted oral historians and preservation experts to discuss best practices and methods.  
OHA members will receive a $15 discount on registration.  To learn more about the conference and to register, go to Giving Voice.
Funding for this program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

International Committee Blog for March

Annual Meeting Scholarship Applications to Open Soon:

The Oral History Association encourages applications from a diverse group of people who might contribute to the association’s annual meeting. We welcome scholarship applications from students, professionals, and community practitioners. International Scholarships are open to those on the Annual Meeting Program who live and work outside the United States. For presenter scholarships, papers must demonstrate superior oral history methodology and research to qualify for a scholarship. For non-presenter scholarships, funded applications will demonstrate how attending will benefit the recipient AND how such attendance would further oral history among a particular community or audience. International Scholarship Applications are due by May 1st. Please direct any questions to ude.u1638803908sg@ah1638803908o1638803908. Please see the following link for more information: Please note that the Scholarship forms will be posted online soon and that through the OHA’s new membership system, email and social media announcements will be made when with the application forms are available.