Oral History Training Institute

2015 Oral History Institute Early Registration Ends May 1

While several slots remain, the May 1 early registration deadline for the 2015 Oral History Institute is only weeks away. Take advantage of this opportunity for your or your staff to enhance their oral history skills and practices.

Volunteers or staff from local history organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges, those working in corporate history, park services, medicine/research, and tourism all benefit from attending the Oral History Institute. The Institute is June 2 – 4 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.  The program trains participants in planning and conducting successful oral history projects.

Emphasizing hands-on experience, topics covered in the three-day schedule include interviewing techniques, transcribing and archiving, and devising public programs based on oral history. To develop these skills, participants will work on a practice project that encompasses all stages of oral history.  Additional sessions cover using technology in oral history, fundraising, and civic tourism.

The Institute faculty includes professors of History, Sociology, Archiving, and Journalism, each representing extensive experience conducting oral history projects.  The Institute schedule provides ample time for students to consult with these experts.

Admission to the Oral History Institute is competitive and limited to thirty persons. Tuition of $400 covers lodging for two nights, six meals, and workshop materials. For additional information, contact James Calder at (800) 293-9774 or jimc@ohiohumanities.org.

The Oral History Institute is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council and The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College.  The Ohio Humanities Council is the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities – helping Ohioans share the human story.

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