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OHA Election is Open!

Online voting is open for the OHA’s Annual Election!

OHA members have until July 31 to cast their electronic ballots for OHA first vice president, one Council seat and three Nominating Committee members. Please cast one vote for each position. Here is the link:​. You will need to sign in to your membership account to vote. Need help? Contact OHA at for assistance.

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Co-Directors’ Report

By Kristine McCusker

            Have you seen that we’re offering a new webinar? This is in response to the members’ survey in 2017 (capably led by Troy Reeves and the Membership Task Force) in which members told us they wanted more professional development opportunities.

            Molly Graham was our choice to lead our Radio Storytelling webinar because her workshop on podcasting at the annual conference in Montreal sold out quickly. The software we’re using–Adobe Connect–allows us 100 participants per webinar, and so 100 participants will always be the limit. Faith Bagley, our intrepid program associate, will record them and put them behind the paywall for any member’s use.

            You’ll already find the Documenting Your Community webinar from November 2017 under “Blogs, Webinar, etc.” on the OHA home page. Members can find access to all of the past and future recordings here: .

            We’re thinking of these webinars as more than just professional development. We see them as outreach to members of other organizations like National Council on Public History, the Organization of American Historians and the American Association for State and Local History.  And to be frank, the webinars have some real revenue producing potential so we can keep conference and membership costs as low as possible. Thus, we’ve set aside 50 seats for members and 50 for non-members in upcoming webinars. 

            Join us June 27 at 1 p.m. EDT for Radio Storytelling. We’re also already planning the next webinar, so stay tuned.

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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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Membership Input for Regional History Project — A Short Survey

The Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, supported by a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is creating an interactive documentary website to engage users in oral histories of Northwest Indiana residents while also educating them about historical circumstances that shaped those residents and their decisions.

This survey is for academic research purposes. Your responses will help the Welcome Project design the interactive documentary website. There are no right or wrong answers for the survey questions. Participants can opt in to a drawing to win one of four $25 Visa gift cards.

The survey can be found here.

Thank you for your cooperation and helping us with our research,

Allison Schuette and Liz Wuerffel

Co-Directors of the Welcome Project

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OHA in Cuba

The Oral History Association is going to Cuba!

December 13 – 20, 2019!

*** The OHA is aware of recent US policy changes regarding travel to Cuba- our trip has not been cancelled.

Cuba is a country unlike any other in the world, and our members have chronicled its complicated history, politics, and culture for decades. Today we invite you to join our premier, all-inclusive week long research trip to this fascinating island country. Our tour will take us from Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad, where we will meet with distinguished professors of history, economics, sociology from the University of Havana, visit museums with renowned art historians, and enjoy music at private concerts with Cuba’s foremost jazz and trova artists. We will hear the stories of Afro-Cuban activists, visit the private studios of celebrated artists, and drink and dine at the new paladars (private restaurants), introduced as part of Raul Castro’s economic reforms.

Your journey will be hosted by Charles Bittner, who has brought thousands of academics, writers, diplomats, and physicians to Cuba. Charles teaches sociology at St. John’s University in NYC, where his work focuses on cultural and political institutions. Charles served as Academic Liaison for The Nation magazine for almost two decades, where, among other responsibilities, he directed the magazine’s renowned Cuba travel program. Since leaving the magazine, he has arranged and hosted educationally-centered tours of Cuba for various academic and cultural  organizations, including The New Republic, The Authors Guild, History News Network, Volunteers in Medicine, Galeria Cubana in Boston, Acoustic Guitar magazine, and Drums magazine. He’s traveled over 30 times to Cuba in the last six years.

Travel to Cuba is authorized under a “support for the Cuban people” or “professional research” license.
A portion of the proceeds will help support the OHA.

General Travel Information from the Host

Have more questions about the trip and its itinerary?
Contact Charles Bittner at or 617-833-1435.

Have questions about registering?
Contract the Oral History Association office at or 615-898-2544.

Trip Information

Tentative Itinerary


Double Occupancy (per person)*: $3695

Single Occupancy:                       $4195

* One person in the double occupancy must be a member in order for both to qualify for membership pricing.


Double Occupancy (per person):  $3995

Single Occupancy                       $4495


  • Five nights at The Hotel NH Capri La Habana, a four star hotel in the Vedado district.
  • Two nights at Casa Particulares (Bed and Breakfasts) in Trinidad
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners as listed on the itinerary
  • All local ground transportation
  • Speaker fees
  • Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
  • Coordination of all listed activities
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • Compliance with US Treasury Department regulations
  • All other activities and events listed on the itinerary


  • Airfare to/from Havana, and airline baggage fees
  • Cuban visa
  • Hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
  • Meals other than those listed on itinerary
  • Trip cancellation insurance*
  • Any deviation from the itinerary
  • Gratuities to the Cuban tour guide and driver

*We highly recommend buying trip insurance. Here are some options: Cathy Hart,, at The Cruise and Vacation Authority; and AIG/Travel Guard, 1-800-826-4919​.

To Register


  • A $1,500 deposit per person is due in order to register for the trip. This is due with your registration.
  • Full payment will be due September 1, 2019

Register online here:
Make your final payment online here:

*Please note that you will have to log in to your membership account in order to register. If you are not a member, you will have to create an account and log in. If you are registering under double occupancy, please register the second traveler as a guest on the online registration form.

You can also pay by check by filling out and mailing in this Registration Form.

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2019 Call for Posters Open


Call for Posters
Oral History Association
2019 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah

The online submission portal is available here. See the full Call for Posters for more information.


The Oral History Association (OHA) is now accepting submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the OHA Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History” are most welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Posters are often used to showcase a completed project, or to communicate ideas about research in progress.


Submission requirements: Proposals should include a title and a description of how the poster or project relates to the theme. Abstracts can be up to 250 words.  Please provide information about how the display will convey information visually. Because OHA evaluates only the abstract in its decision, be sure that it clearly conveys the purpose of your presentation. The final deadline for submissions is July 8, 2019, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Notification:  For proposals submitted by May 8, 2019, the primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by June 1. For proposals submitted by July 8, 2019, submitters will be contacted no later than August 1.


Proposal Queries may be directed to:

Carlos Lopez, 2019 Program Co-chair
Arizona State Archives, email:

Adrienne Cain, 2019 Program Co-chair
Baylor University Institute for Oral History, email:

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Remembering Tom Charleton (1936-2019)

Tom Charlton, father, grandfather, husband, teacher, historian, died January 25, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. A memorial service will be held at Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, in the near future.

Thomas Lee Charlton was born December 18, 1936, in Helena, Arkansas, to Marie Zola Broussard and Thomas Ogden Charlton, and he was equally proud of his Cajun and early Texas roots. He attended all twelve grades in Beaumont, Texas, public schools, graduating from Beaumont High School as a member of the “ever loyal” class of 1955. Tom started Baylor University as a chemistry major, projected to be the next physician in the family, but got sidetracked by superb history professors and graduated in 1959 with majors in history and sociology. He married Betty Lou Jaynes in August 1959 and immediately began graduate work in history at the University of Texas in Austin. Tom completed his master’s degree in 1962, and he and Betty headed to San Antonio, where he taught for eight years at San Antonio College while completing his PhD at Texas. Their sons, John and Richard, were born in 1965 and 1967.

In 1970, Tom joined the Baylor faculty as a member of the history department and director of the Texas Collection library. He soon became the founding director of the Program for Oral History, finding his lifelong vocation of listening to and recording the stories of Texans from all walks of life. Tom conducted hundreds of interviews himself and taught thousands of Baylor students and community historians the art of listening to voices from the past. He was president of the Oral History Association and founding president of the Texas Oral History Association, which later named its lifetime achievement award for him. In 1993, he joined the Baylor academic administration, serving ten years in the office of the provost with five different titles. From 2003 until his retirement in 2010, he returned full circle, again directing the Texas Collection. He also taught the history of the US, Texas, and the American West, and directed dozens of master’s students in their thesis projects.

Following his and Betty’s divorce in 1983, Tom married Rebecca Sharpless in 1988. He was a superb tennis player and photographer and was never happier than when he was watching his beloved Bears in any sport. He loved to travel and saw three continents and forty-nine states, skipping Hawaii because it was too hot. For twenty-two years he and Becca fussed over their 1905 Craftsman-style home in Waco and took in homeless dogs, a practice they continued after moving to Fort Worth in 2010. Tom was a liberal Democrat and lifelong Baptist. At Trinity Baptist in San Antonio and Lake Shore in Waco, he served in ways ranging from deacon to teacher of toddlers’ Sunday school. Unfailingly kind, generous, and enthusiastic, Tom encouraged everyone he came in contact with. Although Parkinson’s Disease made his last years difficult, he long retained his irrepressible joie de vivre, cornball sense of humor, and love of good food. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Sharpless; his sons and their wives, John and Deb Fukumoto Charlton and Richard and Jan Yu Charlton; granddaughters, Nicole, Elizabeth, Brooke, Sarah, and Hannah Charlton; brother-in-law, Lester Sharpless; and nieces and nephews, Joshua Ables and his wife, Jennifer Ables, Nathan Sharpless, Amanda Sharpless, and Kayley, Trey, Alex, and Amaya Ables.

Thank you to the array of medical personnel, physical therapists Tandra Langford and Sharon Jackson, caregiver par excellence Wanda Vaughn, and all of the truly incredible people at Silverado Memory Care who treated Tom with grace, love, and respect in the last years.

The memorial service will be Sunday, February 17, at 4 pm, at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 5801 Bishop Dr., Waco, 76710, followed by Tex-Mex for all (para todos, he would say!).​
If you wish to make a memorial gift, please consider any organization that works for social justice.

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Amplified Initiative

The Amplified Initiative, a grant from the Organization of American Historians, extends the impact of a conference panel session beyond the limitations of the usual OAH conference by asking partner organizations to develop material, based on those panels, that will be shared with each partner’s specific audience.

The OHA is glad to join this project and has developed six podcasts based on a number of OAH panels that relate to oral history. These were recorded at the OAH’s 2018 conference in Sacramento, CA. The podcasts are available to all who are interested in oral history free of charge.

The podcasts can be found here. They are also available on ITunes Apple Podcasts and Google Play. To hear the original panel recordings, visit this web page. Click “Preview” and then click on the Session Audio of the panel you want to listen

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