Two oral history workshops: Ethical/Legal Issues & Social Justice

By / October 12, 2018

If you receive this  post in your email, you are considered a part of our Oral History Alliance, that is people who want to be part of the growing oral history practice in our area. Today, we invite you to two November workshops.  Note:  One is in Pittsfield and the other is in Gt. Barrington,… Read more

Oral History One Day (four hour) course, this Friday

By / October 1, 2018

The UMass Oral History Lab and the UMass Public History Department will offer this one day (four hour) crash course this Friday, 10-2, at the BCC Main Campus, free of charge.  Lunch is included.  We have a few seats left.  We hope you can join us. Participants will learn about interviewing techniques, project planning, archiving, oral history ethics,… Read more

Oral History workshops this fall: Crash Course, Oral History for Social Change, Legal and Ethical Quandaries

By / September 11, 2018

Oral History workshops this fall at Berkshire Community College For Immediate Release Contact: Judith Monachina, Director Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College 413-236-1025       PITTSFIELD, MA – Five oral history workshops will be offered at BCC this academic year, three of them this fall.   A Crash Course in… Read more

Oral History Center participates in OLLI 1968 symposium

By / August 21, 2018

On Tuesday, August 14, the Oral History Center organized interviews on the theme of 1968.  The impact of events of that year can still be felt by those who lived it. What do they say about their memory of 1968, and how did the events affect their lives?   Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosted a… Read more

Podcast inspiration… The creation of an oral history project: The Mashapaug Project

By / July 18, 2018

Those of you who participated in the 2017 Oral History Symposium at BCC South County Center will remember Annie Valk’s talk on a project she and an artist coordinated with students at Brown. Here, in this interview, the two women talk about the collaboration.  I hope you find it inspiring. (Click on The Mashapaug Project… Read more

An interview with Amy Starecheski, from Oral History for Social Change

By / June 19, 2018

Amy Starecheski was recently named Director of the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) program at Columbia University, where she has been working as Associate Director. I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce Oral History Center subscribers to Amy via an interview that appears on the Groundswell,  Oral History for Social Change blog. … Read more

The Zen of Oral History Workflow, In Sharon, CT

By / June 1, 2018

Please join us for an informal discussion on: The Zen of Oral History Workflow Planning & steady steps toward your project’s success and completion   Brown bag lunch discussion at Sharon Historical Society, 18 Main Street, Sharon, CT  (Near the Sharon Hotchkiss Library). June 14, 2018, Noon.   Please call or email to confirm your… Read more

CTSB-TV, Lee, will host training on video camera, editing

By / April 17, 2018

  CTSB-TV in Lee, Mass., has offered to host special camera skills and video editing training for  oral history practitioners in the region.  While community members who join CTSB can take the workshop without charge, this offer  would allow up to seven people associated with the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center, to take classes under… Read more

Wrap up on Technology and the Oral History Interview

By / April 5, 2018

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Paul O’Brien, former director of Technology at the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and coordinator of oral history projects with youth and veterans, taught us how to use various pieces of equipment and gave us a chance to try them out. Participants had a chance to play with a video… Read more

A quick report: Setting up your oral history project

By / March 26, 2018

Margaret Cherin, Bard College at Simon’s Rock Archivist, shows her project If you are thinking of starting an oral history project, the first question you should ask yourself is,  “What is my goal?” That question, according to Margaret Cherin, Archivist at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and director of the Simon’s Rock Oral History Project,… Read more

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