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Oral History: An Introduction, in St. Albans

Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is offering a day-long workshop, Oral History: An Introduction, that can help you move your project forward. Join us on Friday, April 20, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the St. Albans Museum.

Oral History: An Introduction combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class begins with a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the interview process. Attendees will then work as teams to conduct interviews using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.

From the perspective of ethnographic research, an interview offers the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of another person. The premise of our interview methodology is that everyone is the foremost authority on their own life, and an interview offers the opportunity to capture a person’s experience in their own words and on their own terms.

Led by Vermont Folklife Center Director of Archives and Research Andy Kolovos, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview findings. Workshop attendees will also have ongoing access to Vermont Folklife Center staff for consultation as they later undertake their own oral history, ethnographic, and qualitative research projects.

The tuition for this workshop is $95.  The registration deadline is April 19.

Earlier Event: April 13
Oral History: An Introduction
Later Event: May 12
Minimal-Resource Filmmaking