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Occasional blog posts by OHC staff, oral history researchers, and OHC Members.

Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review

Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review

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 styles to be sold across North America.  The...

Sound Advice at the OHA

Sound Advice at the OHA

Event:  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 research. The OHA podcasting...

Oral History and Impostors: What to do?

Oral History and Impostors: What to do?

Blog:   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 describes how he was slowly taken in by the...

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Dr. Charles Hardy: Oral History and Digital Media

Dr. Charles Hardy: Oral History and Digital Media

Lecture:  Dr. Charles Hardy III, Professor of History at West Chester University (Pennsylvania), is a pioneer in oral history and new media. Dr. Hardy has decades of experience producing radio, video, and web-based documentaries. He has been awarded numerous honours,...

Dr. Alessandro Portelli: On the Uses of Memory

Dr. Alessandro Portelli: On the Uses of Memory

Lecture:  Acknowledged internationally as the most influential oral historian of the last quarter century, Professor Alessandro Portelli attended the International Workshop on Oral History (October 1 – 3, 2015) where he delivered a number of lectures exploring studies...

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I’m Tom Findley

I’m Tom Findley

Digital Story:  I’m Tom Findley (A Digital Story) Based on interviews with Tom Findley, San Francisco, October 2015. Written by: Gwen Anderson Art by: Bev Plett & Tom Findley (Findley sketches from the 2003 Sunderland P Gardener Lecture Muddling Toward Simplicity,...

Dr. Alessandro Portelli: On the Uses of Memory

Dr. Alessandro Portelli: On the Uses of Memory

Lecture:  Acknowledged internationally as the most influential oral historian of the last quarter century, Professor Alessandro Portelli attended the International Workshop on Oral History (October 1 – 3, 2015) where he delivered a number of lectures exploring studies...