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:
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

Who Am I, Who Are You?: Race and Difference in the Oral History Interview – May 16, 2018; 6-8pm Columbia Heights Community Center Multipurpose Room (1480 Girard St, NW) – FREE

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