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OHA Webinar: Radio Storytelling

June 27, 2019
1:00PM- 2:30PM EST

Register Here:

Join Molly Graham and the OHA Staff as she presents a webinar, entitled Radio Storytelling. This webinar is an introduction to the basic tools and techniques for creating a radio documentary. Participants will learn about the basic equipment required to get started, professional sound recording techniques, narrative reporting, and how to gather and document the elements of a compelling radio story. She will also discuss writing for radio and scripting the podcast, in addition to voicing narration, editing, and sound production.  Finally, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their radio stories (if applicable), and find the right platforms to share their radio pieces and podcasts.  

This 90-minute webinar begins at 1:00 PM EST and is free to the first 50 OHA members who sign up. 50 seats will be reserved for non-members at $75/person. All OHA members in good standing will have access to the webinar after the event.

Meet the Host:

Molly Graham is a professional oral historian and documentarian. She trained at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, where she produced the award-winning radio documentary, Besides Life Here, which has been licensed by several National Public Radio affiliates. She has her master’s degree in Library Science and Archives Management from Simmons College in Boston. Molly is the former director of the oral history program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Assistant Director of the Rutgers Oral History Archives. In 2013, she cofounded Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc., with the mission of preserving the stories, voices, and cultural traditions of Maine and beyond. She is the project manager for the Voices Oral History Collection, where she collects, preserves and curates oral histories documenting historical environmental change and its impacts on fisheries, oceans and coasts.  

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Co-Executive Directors’ Report

By Kristine McCusker


The OHA Executive Office is working on various projects right now that will benefit you, our members.

The website is updated to meet the new security measures required by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

You’ve already seen an announcement about the trip to Cuba. We hope many of you will go because Charles Bittner, our guide, has been to Cuba more than 30 times and promises to be a first-rate tour leader. See the details below. If you can’t go this time, the OHA likely will sponsor another trip, perhaps in two years.

We’re also working on producing a webinar featuring Molly Graham, who will discuss oral history and podcasting. The webinar is tentatively set for June, with more details to come. Some of you may remember that Molly ran a sold-out workshop last year at the Montreal annual conference on a similar subject. If you miss the webinar, Faith Bagley, our intrepid program associate, has set up our very own YouTube channel where you can view the webinar. We hope to keep adding new material.

Kris McCusker went to Philadelphia for the Organization of American Historians conference and made some nice connections with other professional societies while also seeing plenty of OHA folks there. Finally, Kris, Faith and Louis Kyriakoudes helped judge the Tennessee State History Day competition and have been working on (and awarding!) an OHA award for the best use of oral history.

Finally, we say goodbye to our wonderful master’s student, Keneisha Mosely, who has done a tremendous job this past year, working on projects such as organizing registrations for us for the Montreal meeting. Keneisha has an internship this summer at the Rutherford County Archives (in Murfreesboro, Tennessee) and will probably be teaching this fall.

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President’s Column

By Natalie Fousekis


Happy Spring!

It’s hard to believe it has been six months since we all gathered in Montreal for our annual meeting and I began my presidency of this dynamic, diverse organization of oral history practitioners.  Since then I have been struck by the generosity of our members and their willingness to volunteer to serve on standing committees, ad-hoc committees, award committees and task forces.  I admire the dedication so many of you have to this organization and appreciate all your hard work on our behalf.

I am delighted to report that Council has had a very active 2019 thus far.  In February we all gathered in Salt Lake City at the site of our 2019 conference for two days of work and conversation about the priorities of the organization.  We were all taken with the beauty of the city with the Wasatch Range rising behind the downtown skyline. I can’t wait to return in October when the mountains won’t be covered with snow, as they were in February, but with their brilliant fall colors.

It was our first mid-winter meeting with our four new council members: Sarah Milligan, Gwen Etter-Lewis, Alexander Freund and our First-VP Dan Kerr.  I have appreciated their thoughtful questions, contributions and insight since they joined council in October.  The organization will benefit from their energy, diverse perspectives and talents for the next few years.

At our mid-winter meeting we continued to work on developing OHA’s sexual harassment policy.  We reviewed a draft policy developed by Executive Director Louis Kyriakoudes based on conversations with an attorney and a survey of policies established by organizations similar to OHA.  We discussed the policy, made suggestions for revision and focused in on the process for handling a sexual harassment claim once it has been made.  We will have a well-developed policy to share with the membership when we all meet in Salt Lake City.

I am also excited to announce we have begun the process of developing a new strategic plan. Our last strategic plan (2014-2017) proved extremely helpful in setting the priorities of the organization for the past five years. At the mid-winter meeting, council selected and approved the hiring of a strategic planning consultant. We held our kick-off conference call with her in late April.  She was pleased to see that we had recently conducted a membership survey, which will assist us as we move forward with this process.

We will spend the next few months as a council doing a SWOT analysis to identify the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  We will reach out to the membership for additional input during this process.  Council will arrive in Salt Lake City early this October to dedicate an entire day to develop the priorities for our new strategic plan.  I look forward to updating all of you at the conference on where we are in the process.

Thank you to those who have already responded to my request to serve on OHA award committees! We still have a few committees that need volunteers.  Should you be interested in serving on an award committee or have any other questions/concerns about OHA, please reach out to me directly –

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