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Hampton Roads Oral History Project highlights local resident’s experience during the Civil Rights Movement

Christopher Newport University’s History department recently created a project that documents the role the civil rights movement had on the area through a program called The Hampton Roads Oral History Project. The project began as part of the “The Long Civil Rights Movement” course offered in the fall of 2012 by history professor, Dr. Laura Puaca.

The interviews are now available on the project’s website that includes audio and a transcript of each interview.

Read more about the project, or visit the project website.

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April 2011 tornado oral history exhibit opens at Tuscaloosa’s Transportation Museum

A multimedia exhibit featuring recordings of firsthand accounts of the April 27, 2011, tornado, its aftermath and the city’s recovery opened Tuesday morning at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum.

“Listening to the Storm: A Natural Disaster in Retrospective,” an oral history project centered around the storm, captured the stories of city leaders, storm survivors, first responders and volunteers through a partnership between the museum, the Tuscaloosa Public Library and Alabama Public Radio.

Read more here, or visit the museum website.


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Loyola students help preserve untold New Orleans stories with oral history project

First-year students at Loyola University New Orleans are video documenting rare oral histories of New Orleans as part of their classes, including little-known stories of the legendary Dooky Chase Restaurant. Using Loyola’s new Documentary and Oral History Studio, the freshmen interviewed former employees who worked during the restaurant’s beginnings in the 1940s and 1950s.

Read more on the Loyola University New Orleans website.

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Online Exhibit, Shivar Spring Co. & Tom McConnell: A Shared Story

In an effort to provide access to oral histories and find creative ways of showcasing an interview/interviews in the context of how they relates to and interact with other primary source material, the Office of Oral History, South Caroliniana Library created an online exhibit to begin to tell the story of a now-defunct South Carolina spring water company intertwined with the life story of Tom “June” McConnell who, at the time of this interview in the fall of 2011, was the last known living employee of Shivar Spring Co., which closed its doors ca. 1957.

Feedback, discussion, etc. welcome.

Shivar Spring Co. & Tom McConnell: A Shared Story:

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Death of Martha Ross

The Oral History Association marks the death of pioneering oral historian Martha Ross on April 5th.  Martha was a long-time leader in the OHA, serving as president in 1985.  In 1976 she was a founder of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR).  Martha set a high standard for excellence in oral history practice and served as a model for generations of oral historians.  The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Martha Ross Center for Oral History is fittingly named for her, as is the OHA’s Martha Ross Teaching Award.

Her obituary is available through the Washington Post.

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