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.

New Volunteer Training Workshops Coming Soon

Additional Training Opportunities

November 8, 6:30-8:30PM – Ethical Risks and Dangers in Oral History Interviews

Using case studies and interactive exercises, participants of this workshop will explore the types of risk and dangers involved in participating as a narrator in oral history interviews intended for archive preservation or public history projects. Specifically, we’ll discuss the ethical and legal concerns that may arise for narrators from immigrant communities and/or those working to build movements focused on immigration justice.

Led by Fanny Julissa García

Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011) Click here to register.


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