Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) announces its 2012 Workshop, “An Introduction to Oral History” with David J. Caruso, to be held on 5 December 2012 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. There will be one full-day session.
Oral history is a method of preserving the unwritten past through the narrated recollections of an individual. Oral histories are not merely conversations with people recorded on some medium for posterity; oral histories are structured interviews that are designed with specific goals in mind, whether to understand the role that an individual played in a historic event or a specific culture, or to document better the history of, for example, a scientific object or technique or a piece of legislation. Participants in this workshop will discover the fundamental concepts of developing an oral history project and the interview process. By the end of the workshop, participants will know about subject selection, interview preparation, equipment usage, and how to conduct interviews. Additionally, they will be able to explain the principles of oral history processing and preservation. Should time permit, attendees may be able to conduct a mock interviewee for practice
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