If you are doing an oral history project or are thinking about doing one, you should apply to attend this year’s Oral History Institute, June 7-9 on the beautiful campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The program trains participants in planning and conducting successful oral history projects. Emphasizing hands-on experience, topics covered in the two-and-a-half-day schedule include framing questions, interviewing techniques, transcribing and archiving, and devising public programs based on oral history. To develop these skills, participants will work on a practice project that encompasses all stages of oral history and will also have time to consult with experts about planned projects. Sessions will also be available on videotaping interviews and on fundraising.
The faculty consists of professors from the fields of History, Sociology, Archiving, and Telecommunications who all have extensive experience with Oral History.
We encourage volunteers or paid staff from local historical organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges and universities to apply. Admission to the institute is limited to thirty and is competitive. The cost of the institute is $250, which includes two nights stay, six meals, and all workshop materials. The Ohio Humanities Council is making available scholarships for Ohio residents to subsidize the cost of the institute. You can download an application from the web address provided below, or contact the Ohio Humanities Council at the following telephone number or e-mail address. The application deadline is April 30.
The Oral History Institute is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council and The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College, in cooperation with Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums and the Ohio Historical Society.
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