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Creating and Using Oral Histories in the Preservation Of Historic Resources

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Primary contact: Erin Gibbs
Where: Moose, WY
Aug 9 - 11, 2022

Overview

In this course participants learn how to effectively plan and implement all phases of an oral history project. Using case studies and classroom presentations, participants will gain the tools they need to gather reliable historic information using the spoken word. During the first two days of the workshop, students focus on best practices for how to effectively prepare for an in-person oral interview. Working in small groups on the final day of the workshop, trainees conduct full interviews with retired and long-time NPS employees, whose interviews will be added to the Grand Teton National Park archives. Post-interview, students receive instruction on the processing and archiving of oral history materials for future use, ending the workshop with packaging their interviews as a final product that can be turned over to the park.

Instructors

  • LuAnn Jones, PhD, Staff Historian, NPS Park History Program
  • Brenna Lissoway, MA, DAS, Archivist, Chaco Cultural National Historical Park
  • Bridgette Guild, Museum Curator, Archives Manager, & Tribal Liaison

Tuition

  • $500 – General participant
  • $50 – Student (at least half time in an accredited institution)
  • $25 – Grand Teton National Park employees

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