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2019 Day of Giving

Invest in the OHA’s future! Please donate on the OHA’s 2019 Day of Giving.

Donations will support a range of projects such as travel scholarships, webinars, regional organizations, conference events & speakers, and the expansion of OHA initiatives.

Donate Online Here:

Or, fill out this Donation Form and mail your check to:

Oral History Association,
Middle Tennessee State University,
1301 East Main Street,
Murfreesboro, TN 37132.

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OHA Diversity Scholarship Award

The OHA Diversity Scholarship supports emerging oral historians from diverse backgrounds whose research/creative work addresses issues affecting diverse populations. The scholarship can be used toward research expenses, including but not limited to: travel, transcription, archival duplication, and equipment.The recipient of the award will be required to attend the OHA 2020 annual conference in Baltimore to be recognized for their award and to present their work. The award may also be used to cover the cost of travel to OHA 2020.

Scholarship Details and Requirements

  • One $5,000 Scholarship.
  • This is a one-time award.
  • If future funding becomes available, individuals granted the award may not reapply in subsequent years.
  • The individual who wins this award is required to present their research at the OHA 2020 annual conference.

Application Requirements

The following materials must be included in your application:

  • Completed one-page application
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of current work
  • A purpose statement of professional goals (maximum 1,000 words)
  • A brief biographical statement (maximum 500 words)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation typed on official letterhead

Deadline and Notification

Click for the Diversity Scholarship Application

Email your application by October 14, 2019, to Nicki Pombier Berger at moc.l1632500052iamg@1632500052reibm1632500052opikc1632500052in1632500052.

Notification: The decision will be made in time to be announced at the Oral History Association annual conference in Salt Lake City in October 2019.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, email us at gro.y1632500052rotsi1632500052hlaro1632500052@aho1632500052 or at moc.l1632500052iamg@1632500052reibm1632500052opikc1632500052in1632500052.

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President’s Column

By Natalie Fousekis

            As summer winds down, the Oral History Association is gearing up and getting excited to see all of you in Salt Lake City this October!  Personally, I am looking forward to one of my favorite weeks of the year when I get to hear about all the remarkable oral history work being done by our members, reconnect with old friends and collaborators and return home energized and full of new ideas.  We look forward to seeing many of you in SLC and, as president, I am excited to share with you what the organization has been working on this past year. 

            Before you all arrive, the OHA Council will be spending all day Tuesday dedicated to strategic planning.  We will be brainstorming about the future direction of the organization, discussing and incorporating feedback from those of you who responded to the survey we circulated this summer and beginning to formulate a draft of our new strategic plan.  Later in the fall, we will continue to revise and share this draft.

            I encourage all of you to attend the OHA business meeting on Saturday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. (yes, I realize it’s early, but we will have coffee and tea available for those who need help being coherent at that hour of the morning).  The business meeting is great place for you to hear what the OHA has been working on, comment on policies and changes proposed by the organization and bring new ideas, thoughts and concerns to the leadership.  It is also the occasion when I will pass the gavel to our incoming president, Allison Tracey-Taylor. With Allison at the helm, OHA’s future is bright!

            Be on the lookout for more surveys and requests for feedback.  The Diversity Committee is seeking your input so they can better serve our membership. Fill out their short survey here:

We will also ask you to provide feedback and comments on our newly developed sexual harassment policy and on the Archives Principles and Best Practices Committee.  We welcome your insight and input in all of these areas. 

            It is hard to believe I’m wrapping up my year as OHA president.  What I have valued most about my time as part of OHA leadership has been the dedicated group of people I’ve met and worked with – from members serving on committees or on council to the executive office staff.   I’ve felt particularly grateful to OHA and to my oral history work in this crazy, chaotic and sometimes very stressful world we live in.

            Focusing on OHA and this organization’s purpose reminded me weekly how fortunate we all are to do the work that we do and to have an organization that succeeds in promoting our practice and supporting oral historians and oral history work across the U.S. and the globe.

             I also spent a lot of time this past summer listening to interviews with local political women from the Women, Politics and Activism Project I’ve directed for the past six years.  Hearing these women’s voices and their words lifted my spirits.  They tell stories of resilience, triumph and, sometime, defeat.  As I listened, I felt grateful on the most basic level – that these stories, whether important or not, will all be preserved for posterity; that their efforts, whether successful or not, will be remembered. 

            Wishing you all a wonderful end-of-summer and early fall.  Please reach out if you have any thoughts or concerns.  I’ll see you in Salt Lake!

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Co-Executive Director’s Report

By Kristine McCusker

The Executive Office is gearing up for an exciting fall season with our annual conference in October being the key event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Salt Lake City the week of Oct. 14th. This conference will be terrific, with Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, as our keynote speaker and tons of great workshops and tours to accompany a dynamic program of papers and panels.

But that’s not all on our fall calendar.

The OHA is also going to Cuba in December, traveling with Cuba expert Charles Bittner, who continues to guide us through the vagaries of international travel. We’re also holding our second webinar this December; stay tuned to e-blasts, social media and the OHA website for more information for this additional chance to meet, albeit virtually.

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