11/01/2019 WORKSHOP: Shaking the Family Tree: Oral History, Family History, and Insider Interviews

For many of us, family is the obvious—and sometimes most complicated—place to start our work as oral historians. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use oral history to document and preserve their family stories. We’ll discuss common challenges: convincing your family to participate, delving into sensitive subjects and secrets, and working with interviewees who may suffer from memory loss. We’ll also discuss the potential for oral history to repair and transform relationships. Optional evening activities include a mini family-themed movie fest and an evening of embarrassing family stories, of course!

This workshop is a good fit for novices or advanced oral historians embarking on a family history project, broadly defined—or for those exploring the nuances of “insider” interviews. Also welcome: those working on projects about constructed families or constellations of people intimately related. Special topics: ethics, memory loss, individual and collective memory, song collection. All students receive a resource packet, which includes examples of relevant forms and an e-reader.

Instructor: Suzanne Snider
Location: Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson, New York
Tuition: $575 ($500 for friends/family members who apply together)

Tuition includes an OHSS e-reader, workbook, tote bag and two group meals. A detailed schedule is provided ahead of time for participants.

* This workshop also serves as basic oral history training for those working on projects without a family focus.

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    Workshop
    with the Alexander Turnbull Library
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    Saturday 21 March 2020
    8.45am – 4.30pm
    Palmerston North Central Library
    Image: Class at West End School, 1947, Photograph from
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    heritage@pncc.govt.nz
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    Name:
    Address:
    Phone:
    Mobile:
    Email address:
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    Southwest Oral History Association
    southwestoralhistory.org I soha@unlv.edu I (702) 895-5011
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 455020 Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5020

    Follow SOHA conference & news updates on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest.

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    Las Vegas (UNLV). Home(Lands) is a timely platform for the conference, as SOHA returns to its institutional home at
    UNLV. Home(Lands) also reflects major issues in Nevada such as the possible reinstatement of the Yucca Mountain
    Nuclear Waste Repository, the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s controversial and repeated efforts to gain groundwater
    rights from valleys to the distant north of Las Vegas, and the continued presence of open pit mining in the entangled
    boom/bust continuum that powers so much of rural Nevada economies. This call stresses the question of the rights and the meanings that inhere in claims to and experiences of home, acknowledging the voices of those claiming their home. Since time immemorial to our present-day in the Southwest and beyond, vicissitudes of harmony and tensions about
    understandings of home and belonging in terms of the national and international imaginary persist. Oral Histories of
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    nonhuman. Homelands are the center of life, which oral histories encapsulate and express as ways to revitalize and
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    presentations and/or sessions that feature oral history research and offer insights on methodologies and practices.
    Although we encourage proposals that address how oral history and oral traditions create and affect communities’ senses of home and vitality, all proposals (both full sessions and individual presentations) are welcome and will be reviewed.

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    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 455020 Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5020

    Follow SOHA conference & news updates on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest.

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