Boston Public Library offers evening oral history workshops (zoom and in person)

The first two of these workshops is offered via Zoom; the third is in person only.

Family Oral History with Kelly Elaine NaviesDate: Thursday, September 15, 2022Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PMRegistration RequiredThis online event is hosted on Zoom.Kelly Elaine Navies, Museum Specialist in Oral History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will discuss the art and practice of oral history and how it can be used to support and deepen family history research. Navies will also share clips from her work as examples of oral history methodology and content.To learn more and register, visit and Outs of Oral History Transcription with Alissa Rae FunderburkDate: Wednesday, September 21, 2022Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PMRegistration RequiredThis online event is hosted on Zoom.Join Alissa Rae Funderburk for a beginner’s hands-on guide to doing human oral history transcription in a way that honors identity and voice. This workshop will provide not only the basic rules to follow, but also a step-by-step method for creating useful transcripts. Besides background info and helpful tips, this workshop includes hands-on exercises. You will get to practice some of these skills through listening and editing.To learn more and register, visit Oral History 101 with Joan IlacquaDate: Thursday, October 20, 2022Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PMOrientation Room, 1st floor McKim, Central LibraryRegistration RequiredThis event is in person.Join Joan Ilacqua, Executive Director of The History Project for an introductory workshop on queer oral history. LGBTQ+ people have always been part of Boston’s history, and oral history is an opportunity to preserve and share the stories of marginalized people in their own words. We’ll discuss the importance of collecting and sharing the history of underdocumented communities and cover how to conduct an oral history interview, from the pre-interview through post-interview.To learn more and register, visit¬†<>

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