DC Oral History Collaborative Training Program

The Oral History Training Program is a three-week course about oral history, meeting in the evening once a week. Led by a professional oral historian, the course will introduce participants to the best practices of doing oral history. It will empower them with the basic tools for developing their own styles and approaches to realizing the Collaborative’s overall aim: preserving DC’s rich past through oral history interviews with a wide range of its residents.

Participants are expected to participate in all three workshops to complete the program. Completion of the Oral History Training Program will give participants access to the DCOHC digital audio recorders for their interviews and a cohort of peers in the DC area involved in oral history. It will also provide the opportunity for participants to submit their interviews to the DCOHC’s collection and get advice and ideas about future narrators to interview.

The 2018 course will be offered:
April 12, 19, and 26; 6:30-8:30pm at the Shaw Public Library.
June 5, 12, and 19; 6:30-8:30pm at the Shaw Public Library.
July 11, 18, and 25; 6:30-8:30pm at the Shaw Public Library.

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Additional Training Opportunities

Oral History’s Democratic Tradition – With Benji De La Piedra (FREE)
April 24, 6-8pm, Takoma Park Library (416 Cedar Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012)
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Playback Theatre: Storytelling, Performance, and Oral History (FREE)
May 3, 6-8pm, Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC 20020)
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