DC Oral History Collaborative Training Program


The DC Oral History Collaborative Volunteer Oral History Training Program is an intensive three-session workshop imparting skills in: interviewing, equipment operation, and project design. The workshop also introduces participants to the theory behind oral history as a field and research methodology. Participants are required to attend all three sessions to complete the training.

The 2019 volunteer workshops are scheduled for April 10, 17, 24 at 6-8 p.m. at the DCPL Northeast Library, and for June 4, 11, 18 at 6-8 p.m. at the DCPL Shaw Library. Registration is confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops are capped at 20 participants.

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

Training Opportunities 2019


June 4, 11, 18 at 6-8 p.m. at the DCPL Shaw Library 

1630 7th St. NW  Washington, D.C. 20001

This workshop is full. Please check back this fall for additional offerings.


Past Training Opportunities

April 10, 17, 24 at 6-8 p.m. at the DCPL Northeast Library

330 7th St. NE  Washington, D.C. 20002

This workshop is full. Please register for a future workshop.


These workshops are free and open to the public. Registration and previous experience in oral history is not required, but we ask people to sign up so we know how many people to anticipate.

Top-off Workshops 2019

Activism and Oral History
Led by Amaka Okechukwu
September 23, 2019, 6-8pm, Petworth Neighborhood Library Meeting Room
4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Click here to register

Past Top-Off Workshops

Collaborative and Reciprocal Approaches to Research

Oral History Audio Workshop with Dave Walker

Oral History and Podcasting “Turning Oral History into a Podcast” with Michelle Harven.





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