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Oral History Webinar Series

LuAnn_Jones@nps.gov

Updated History

The Park History Program will be delivering three webinars that will help you become an effective oral history practitioner. The February interviews will focus on remote oral history interviewing. The webinars will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and are open to NPS staff, partners, and volunteers. Check back on this page for meeting links to the February sessions.


Upcoming Live Webinars

Thursday, January 28, 3-4:30 p.m. ET

Effective Oral History: Successfully Creating and Using Oral Histories webinar introduces oral history in the NPS; focuses on the project planning process and interview preparation and interviewing; discusses legal and ethical issues, recording technologies, processing and archiving interviews; and explores the uses of oral history. Sponsored by the Park History Program and taught by Lu Ann Jones, oral history program coordinator.

Thursday, February 4, 3-4 p.m. ET (meeting link coming soon)

Conducting Remote Interviews: Process & Technology: In this webinar Steven Sielaff from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History will cover procedural and technical aspects of conducting oral history interviews in a remote setting. Topics will include recording equipment, connectivity platforms, and preservation planning. Specific time will be spent on the NPS’s preferred video conferencing solution, Microsoft Teams. Also, Steven will guide participants though the Oral History Association’s (OHA) Remote Interviewing Resource suite and decision tree, which he both edited and contributed to as a member of OHA’s Remote Interviewing Task Force in the summer of 2020.

Thursday, February 18, 3-4 p.m. ET (meeting link coming soon)

Remote Interviewing: Special Considerations & Case Studies: In this webinar Steven Sielaff from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History will discuss the special circumstances that impact a remote interview as opposed to more traditional settings. Topics will include connecting with interviewees, remote quality concerns, and extra legal, ethical, or security precautions for your project. In addition, both Steven and Lu Ann will share their experiences and lessons learned in conducting interviews for projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For additional information about the webinar series, contact LuAnn_Jones@nps.gov


Recorded Webinars

Click the links below to access previously recorded oral history webinars.

Successfully Creating and Using Oral Histories
New to oral history, or need a brief refresher? This webinar introduces oral history in the NPS. It focuses on the project planning process and interview preparation and interviewing; discusses legal and ethical issues, recording technologies, processing and archiving interviews; and explores the uses of oral history. Sponsored by the Park History Program and taught by Lu Ann Jones, oral history program manager.

Transcribing Oral History Interviews
This webinar discusses the practice and philosophy of transcribing oral history interviews. Topics include skills needed by transcriptionists, transcription software, and alternatives to transcription. Sponsored by the Park History Program and taught by Teresa Bergen, author of Transcribing Oral History (Routledge, 2020).

Managing and Archiving Oral History Interviews for Preservation and Access
Even before oral history interviews are completed, the work of preserving and protecting them for future generations needs to begin. This webinar outlines how to create a preservation plan to ensure that recordings and supplementary materials are preserved and made accessible. Sponsored by the Park History Program and taught by Brenna Lissoway, archivist, Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

 

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