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Oral history skills taught (Released: 2/24/98)

Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- A conference on "Oral History and Local Memory" will take place at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Linda Shopes, president of the national Oral History Association and associate historian at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission , will speak on " Oral History and Local Memory." Tamara Hareven, Unidel professor of family studies and history at the University of Delaware, will discuss her experiences interviewing textile workers in New England, Japan, and France in a talk called, "Comparative Threads: Oral History in Three Cultures ."

The talks will be followed by a panel on how to do oral history, including organizing projects, interviewing, and transcribing interviews. Panelists include Susan Porter Benson, director of UConn’s Women’s Studies Program, John Fox of Salem State College, who is executive secretary of the New England Association of Oral History, Martha McCormick , manager of Tapescribe, the UConn Center for Oral History’s transcribing service , and John F. Sutherland, director emeritus of the Institute of Local History at Manchester Community Technical College.

The panel will be moderated by Bruce M. Stave, director of the Center of Oral History. A lunch at the newly opened Nutmeg Grille on the University campus will follow the panel.

The meeting is open to the general public, particularly teachers, museum and library professionals, and historical society members who practice oral history or who would wish to begin a project.

The conference is sponsored by the New England Association of Oral History and the Center for Oral History, Department of History, the School of Family Studies, and the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. Registration can be arranged by calling 860-486-5245, 486- 4578, or 486- 4579.