OHC Blog

  • Canadian Oral History Reader
    Feb 2, 2016


    Oral historians in the English-speaking world have been rewarded with a number of excellent compendiums over the past few decades, including an anthology, a reader, and two handbooks. Yet, to the international readership of these introductory essay collections, it must seem that Canadians have never heard of oral history. Alternatively, they may get the impression that Canada is so...

  • Common Good Word Cloud
    Jan 5, 2016

    Oral History and the Common Good


    In my last blog post, I wrote about the Oral History Centre’s motto of “democratizing history.” Today, I continue this idea by asking how the notion of the Common Good can help us understand oral history’s democratizing potential. 


    The phrase “Common Good”...

  • Alexander Freund
    Jan 5, 2016

    Democratizing History: The Role of Oral History


    “Democratizing history” is the motto of the University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre. What do we mean? 


    History and democracy are two big ideas that have shaped the modern world. We often see them as static institutions or abstract concepts, but we can also see them as processes and practices. We engage in...

  • Portelli: On the Uses on Memory
    Nov 30, 2015

    Famed Italian historian Alessandro Portelli discusses Nazi massacre of 335 civilians in Rome


    Originally published in THE JEWISH POST & NEWS, 21, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

    On March 24, 1944, Nazi occupation forces in Rome killed 335 unarmed civilians, some of whom were Jews, in retaliation for a partisan attack in which 32...

  • Oct 23, 2015

    Scott Price has been the lead researcher on the Oral History project on the United Food and commercial workers local 832 since 2012. The project has gathered a range of sources on UFCW local 832 and the various industries they represent. In these research notes Scott Price will present information gathered through the project that demonstrate UFCW local 832's rich history.



  • Implementing OHMS: Multi-Institutional Perspectives banner
    Nov 12, 2014
    The following is an article written by Oral History Centre program coordinator Kim Moore after members of the Oral History Centre attended the annual meeting of the Oral History Association in Madison Wisconsin in 2014. The article details the OHMS system currently being developed out of the University...