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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  • 2021-04-30 - 2021-05-01 All day

    OHMAR 2021 Virtual Conference CFP Deadline Extended to Feb 15!

    by Melissa Ziobro

    **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15**

    After canceling our 2020 conference, we at Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) are excited to present our 2021 call for papers!

    Some virtual conference highlights:

    - Friday, April 30 (business meeting, keynote, and all presentations) and Saturday, May 1 (remote interviewing workshop)

    - Our theme is “Oral History in Times of Crisis.”

    - Papers, panels, and posters need ​not be related to this theme in order to be considered.

    - Submissions on all topics related to the Mid-Atlantic region or by oral historians in the Mid-Atlantic region are welcome.

    - Conference registration fees will be as follows:

    Individual, $35 (includes one-year membership in OHMAR*)

    Student, $20 (includes one-year membership in OHMAR*)

    Guest, $10 (no membership included)

    *For more on membership tiers, see our website. OHMAR is run by an all-volunteer board. Membership fees help cover operational costs and our Martha Ross Prize, awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student creating original work in oral history.

    Full CFP here:

    https://ohmar.org/wp.../uploads/2020/11/2021-OHMAR-CFP.pdf

    We hope to see you all (virtually) in the Spring!

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