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New England Association of Oral History to meet at Dodd Center (Released: 4/12/96)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The New England Association of Oral History (NEAOH) will meet April 27 at the University of Connecticut's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

The annual meeting, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., will focus on oral history projects in New England.

Over the past couple of years interest in oral history in New England has been increasing, so it is important for NEAOH to showcase this work, said Bruce Stave, former president of NEAOH and the director of the Center for Oral History at UConn.

NEAOH is the first regional association in the country. It formed in 1974 in affiliation with the national Oral History Association by Louis Silvari of Assumption College and John Fox and Henry Stenberg of Salem State College.

Ronald Grele, a UConn alumnus who is the director of the nation's oldest oral history program, Columbia University s Oral History Research Office, will begin the meeting by discussing the past, present and future of oral history. Other speakers include:

  • Sharon Hartman Strom, professor of history and women s studies at the University of Rhode Island. She will discuss her use of oral history in the classroom and other projects in her state.
  • Michele Palmer, transcribing manager for the Center of Oral History, and Leslie Frank, a research assistant. They will share their insights on oral history projects undertaken by the center, especially the recent project on American participants at the Nuremberg war crime trials, as well as other oral history projects in Connecticut.
  • Ruth Edmonds Hill, audio-visual and oral history coordinator at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College. She will discuss her work on African-American women and other oral history projects conducted in Massachusetts.
  • Judith Moyer, creator of the Warner New Hampshire Women s Oral History Project, which won a Merit Award from the American Association for State and Local History in 1991. She will discuss some of her projects and the works of others in New Hampshire.
  • Gregory Sharrow, director of Education at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vt. He will discuss how oral history is used in Vermont.
  • Edward Sandy Ives, professor of folklore in the department of anthropology and director of the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine. He will discuss his work and how oral history is being applied in Maine.

The event is free and open to the public but those attending must register in advance. For more information call (860) 486-5245, (860) 486- 4578 or (860) 486-6102.

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