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Funding for the NEH and state humanities councils

Congress is beginning to deliberate funding National Endowment for the Humanities and the state humanities councils for FY2014.  The Federation of State Humanities Councils has drafted the attached letter to the Interior Appropriations Committee in support of funding that would restore the funding level in place prior to this year’s mandatory sequester.

The Oral History Association Council has approved the following:  The Oral History Association, the national professional association in the field, supports the request by the Federation of State Humanities Councils for FY2014 funding for the NEH and the state humanities councils, and encourages the executive director to publicize this support through dissemination of the attached letter.

Support for the funding is being channeled through the state humanities councils.  If you wish to show your support, contact your state council and indicate that you want your name to be added to the Federation’s letter.  To find your state humanities council, go to  Please contact your state council no later than June 7th.

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Brooklyn Collection of the Brooklyn Public Library creates oral history project about Hurricane Sandy

The Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library is creating an oral history project to document the ways that Hurricane Sandy has affected members of the Brooklyn community. The project, directed by outreach librarian June Koffi, will consist of interviewing participants about how they prepared for the storm, their experiences during the hurricane and how they rebuilt their homes, businesses and lives.

Read more or visit the project website.

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Princeton “Every Voice” conference captures stories of LGBT alumni

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni attendants at the recent Every Voice conference had the opportunity to record their personal narratives as part of an audio and visual oral history project organized by the Alumni Association of Princeton University and funded by the institutional equity and diversity efforts of the Office of the Provost.

Read more from The Daily Princetonian.


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UNR professor recognized for commitment to oral history

University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Professor Alicia Barber will be presented the sixteenth Santini Cup at the Nevada Debate and Oral Communication Awards Ceremony held on May 7.

Barber has been a member of the faculty in the Department of History at the University since 2003. She is director of the University of Nevada Oral History Program, is a public speaker on a number of local history topics and has played a key role in the collection of interviews that document interesting aspects of local history that might have otherwise been lost.

Via KRNV Reno News 4.

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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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