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. Training workshops are capped at 20 participants and registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. 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:
July 11, 18, and 25; 6:30-8:30pm at the Shaw Public Library.

The July workshop is full. Click here and submit your contact info to stay informed about future sessions.

Additional Training Opportunities

July 26, 6-8pm – Audio Field Production Workshop with Dave Walker, a Top-Off Oral History Workshop with the DC Oral History Collaborative; Shaw Neighborhood Library Main Meeting Room. Click here to register.


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