The Oral History Centre is committed to creative community development through offering workshops that meet the needs of a diverse community interested in oral history. Throughout their careers, Dr. Reilly and Dr. Freund have individually given many oral history workshops for K-12 teachers, union members, and community groups, and have had ongoing consultation with students, faculty, and other researchers on oral history methods, research project design, equipment, and best practices in oral history. In 2012, Dr. Freund and Dr. Reilly made workshops for community and university researchers a core service of the OHC.


Staff at the Oral History Centre oversee the continued development and organization of the Oral History Centre’s workshops, which include programming for researchers, students, and community members alike. In addition to these public workshops, the Oral History Centre has also designed and organized workshops for major research projects and for professional organizations. The OHC also hosts many oral history related seminars, symposiums and conferences which provide venues for public presentation of student research, community oral history projects and guest lectures by prominent oral historians.


The Oral History Centre frequently co-sponsors events with the H. Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History, a fellowship which supports historians of Canada to visit the university to share their knowledge of Canada with the university and broader community.


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  • Founding amnesias: the fight against bondage and genocide from the   American Revolution to Africville and Ferguson Poster
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:30 to 14:00

    Black History Month Celebration


    Dr. Alan Gilbert

    John Evans

    Professor Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    University of Denver  


    Founding amnesias: the fight against bondage and genocide from the American Revolution to Africville and Ferguson  

    Wednesday, February 11th...

  • Riley Fellowship scholar, Stacey Zembrzycki event poster
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:00 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 19:00

    Riley Fellowship scholar, Stacey Zembrzycki , of Concordia University, will be visiting the Oral History Centre this February. All are invited to attend an afternoon seminar on February 24th as well a public lecture on the evening of  February 25th.



    Telling Interview Stories: Turning Experiences into Narratives


  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:30 to 13:15

    “Towards an Oral History of CUPE Local 1063.”

    By Christopher Kshyk


    When: Wednesday, January 28, 12:30 – 1:20pm

    Where: 2B23 Oral History Centre


    Please join Christopher Kshyk for the second presentation in the History Seminar Series, “Towards an Oral History of CUPE Local 1063.” This talk will take place in the free...

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

    Audio Recording

    January 14th, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee: $20


    This oral history workshop provides the basic skills and knowledge needed to produce high quality audio recordings of oral history interviews suitable for archiving and producing creative audio projects like radio documentaries and podcasts. This workshop is one in...

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 18:00 to 21:00



    January 28th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee: $20


    This oral history workshop teaches different methods and conventions for transcribing oral history interviews. It reviews the advantages of transcribing and provides an overview of how to budget for this step and what tools are useful in the...

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 17:30 to 21:30

    Introduction To Oral History


    January 14th, 5:30–9:30 p.m. 

    Registration Fee: $25


    This oral history workshop delves into the practice of oral history. It provides an overview of the underlying principles of oral history and the practical aspects of beginning an oral history project, including how to plan a...

  • Horse and Buggy Genius Poster, Horse and Buggy Genius Poster
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:30 to 13:15

    The Department of History, Visiting Lecturers’ Committee presents, as part of the History Seminar Series:


    “Horse and Buggy Genius: An Oral History” Presented by DR. ROYDEN LOEWEN - University of Winnipeg, Dept. of History.


    WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 12:30-1:20 PM



  • Children and Childhood in the Twentieth Century:  Perspectives from History
    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 13:00 to 15:30

    The Department of History (with the aid of the Riley Centre in Canadian History) wishes to welcome all faculty, students and community members to a half-day symposium, Children and Childhood in the Twentieth Century. The three papers will touch on issues as varied as: delinquency, medical practice...

  • Sensing War: Children’s Memories of the Wartime Atlantic,  1939-1945
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 19:00

    In the port cities of Atlantic Canada, children and youth grew up in a self-declared battle front during the years of the Second World War. For these youngsters, the war had a raw immediacy; for the Battle of the Atlantic transformed the waters and streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia, beyond recognition. It was not just the navy, army, air force and merchant marine that clogged the harbour and...

  • Friday, September 26, 2014 - 13:00

    Open House

    Friday, September 26, 1:00 to 5:00 pm


    Interested in your family’s past or perhaps that of a community group or organization to which you belong? Want to learn how to research and record that history? Come visit the Oral History Centre. Meet our researchers, technical staff, students, and community members. Learn...


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