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Co-Executive Directors Report

By Kristine McCusker
April 2021

            Curated highlights from the 2020 Oral History Association conference are now available on the organization’s website. This was funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act grant that allowed us to host our conference virtually. Thanks to Faith Bagley and Anna Kaplan for their stellar work on the grant. Don’t forget that this fall’s conference October will again be virtual, but we look forward to seeing everyone face-to-face in Los Angeles in 2022.

We’ve been working with the new Development Task Force, shepherded by Stephen Sloan, to grow and mature on our fundraising abilities. We are pleased to see significant increases already in the endowment to ensure a firm financial foundation for OHA’s work.  We have also been integrating our new treasurer, Troy Reeves, more firmly into the Executive Office and into the organization’s finances so he can be a good steward of the organization’s resources.

Council meetings have been keeping the Executive Office busy. Like our conference, which has gone virtual, Council has also conducted our midwinter meetings virtually through February, March and April, planning for the OHA’s future. Meeting minutes will be posted soon for the membership to read.

We continue to appreciate the trust that the organization has put in us and it is an honor to promote oral history and the Oral History Association.

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