Mum Bett exhibition and Mum Bett Walk to Freedom this weekend in Sheffield

    By / August 20, 2020

    The Sheffield Historical Society will present an outdoor exhibit celebrating Mum Bett, the first slave to successfully sue for freedom, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Aug. 21 to 23, on the Society grounds, 159 Main St., next to the Town Hall parking lot. The exhibit is a collaboration with the Trustees… Read more

    READ In of WEB Du Bois Black Reconstruction in America, with actors of stage and screen

    By / August 18, 2020

    Beginning Aug. 28 and running through Nov. 3, actors of stage and screen will do a marathon Read In of Black Reconstruction in America.  By W.E.B. Du Bois Here is a link to the Read In Series site: https://thereadinseries.com/ Here is our podcast about how the Read In happened: a talk with MiRi Park about… Read more

    Reopening, Part III, Conversations on the Commons

    By / July 21, 2020

    Conversations on the Commons invites you to: Reopening, Part III: Planning for the fall A conversation with Lesley Herzberg and Katie MacDonald It’s official: we’re now in Phase III. While some places are staying closed through the summer, others are back to welcoming the public, with modifications. In these unprecedented times, history organizations across the… Read more

    Columbia University and Oral History Association offer anti-oppression workshops

    By / July 21, 2020

    On July 25th our first in a series of anti-oppression workshops will be taking place and we invite you to join us! Oral history has a strong tradition as a progressive practice, focused on amplifying marginalized voices typically giving powerful platforms to speak in public. Oral historians have documented the stories of struggles for justice… Read more

    Black Lives Matter protests and history organizations: Partner, collect, change?

    By / July 7, 2020

    If you are a subscriber to the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center blog or are working on a history organization project related to Black Lives Matter,  please come to this meeting.  And if you would like to talk with me about it beforehand, please email: jmonachina@berkshirecc.edu I will be helping to lead the discussion, and… Read more

    Link your oral history collection to our site

    By / July 3, 2020

    If you are building an oral history collection and would like people to know about it, let us help you get the word out.  We are creating a page on this site to link to oral history projects from the region.   We can also talk with you about archives and safe storage for your… Read more

    Oral History Center to hire someone for short-term oral history inventory project

    By / June 25, 2020

    Oral History Center to hire someone for short-term oral history inventory project The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center, working with four local history organizations – Sharon, Kent, and Salisbury, Connecticut, and Sheffield, Massachusetts – will hire someone to conduct oral history inventories in the history organizations of the four towns.  The goal of the project… Read more

    University of Massachusetts and University of Connecticut archiving partners with the Oral History Center

    By / June 5, 2020

    Archiving Partner, University of Massachusetts Amherst Since the opening of the Oral History Center the the University of Massachusetts Libraries Special Collections has worked with us to make our oral history practice truly sustainable. They have done so by working with us to take the oral history collections of our region, who work through the… Read more

    Conversations on the Commons: Reopening in an Unprecedented Era

    By / June 2, 2020

    On Friday, June 5, from 1:00-2:30 PM, join Ken Turino (manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England), Pleun Bouricius (curator of the Plainfield Historical Society and President of the Mass. History Alliance), and moderator Margo Shea (Assistant Professor of History at Salem State University) for a discussion on the reopening process…. Read more

    A friend and an ally, Rob Cox

    By / May 14, 2020

    In memory of Rob Cox, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the University of Massachusetts Library Rob Cox died earlier this week.  We are very sad to lose such a friend and ally. Rob was an important person in the development of our Center.  He helped our then new Oral History… Read more

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