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Memoir: Hillbillies and Black Helicopters

During this week celebrating Earth Day, it’s an apt time to reflect on how oral historians’ methods can have a positive impact on environmental preservation. Excerpted from freelance oral historian Alex Primm’s forthcoming memoir, Ozark Voices: Oral History from the Heartland, this post explores what could have been if we only stopped to listen. By […]

Community Centered Storytelling: The Relationship Between Oral Histories and Social Cohesion

Oral history has deep roots in activism, with practitioners focused on how the method can build community and lead to social change. Next week’s Oral History Association’s annual meeting centers on the theme of “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History,” exploring various modes of working in oral […]

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