Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review

Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review

Review:   Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review My father often took me to the factory with him when I was a small boy.  Dad was the foreman of the finishing room in a medium sized textile factory in Galt, Ontario.  The company made towels of all sizes and...
Sound Advice at the OHA

Sound Advice at the OHA

Event:   Sound Advice at the OHA Engaging audiences with oral history was the theme of this year’s Oral History Association meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sessions on podcasting, audio-walks, and interactive exhibits were well represented as ways to present...
Oral History and Impostors: What to do?

Oral History and Impostors: What to do?

Blog:   Oral History and Impostors: What to do?   The first time I read about an impostor who had fooled an oral historian was Bruce Jackson’s “The Perfect Informant,” originally published in the Journal of American Folklore in 1990. In this account, Jackson...
Disappearing Sounds

Disappearing Sounds

Blog:   Disappearing Sounds It is easy to forget that oral history practices developed differently in different countries. The U.S. model – or, more precisely, the model developed by Allan Nevins, Louis Starr, and Elizabeth Mason at Columbia University in the 1950s...
Final Offer Selection in Manitoba

Final Offer Selection in Manitoba

Blog: Final Offer Selection in Manitoba While it is common for some to view the labour movement as a monolith, in practice this is rarely the case. One of the more pronounced examples of the splits that can happen within the labour movement occurred when the...
Canadians Do Oral History?

Canadians Do Oral History?

Blog:   Canadians Do Oral History? 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...