Berkshire Historical completes a legacy oral history project: Invisible Communities

    By / November 11, 2022

    Congratulations to Berkshire Historical Society Originally a Mass Humanities-funded project, with Barbara Allen, then Berkshire Historical Society Director as lead, and Frances Jones Sneed, Mass Humanities Scholar, this collection of  20 interviews of African American elders was initiated in the late 1990’s. A few years ago, we were able to act as stewards as the… Read more

    Archives 101 begins tomorrow, zoom

    By / October 3, 2022

    Archives 101 When: Tuesday, October 04, 2022 10:00 AM, EDT Where: Zoom Will you be attending?   Register Not attending     EVENT DETAILS: A free, five-part webinar series running Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., October 4 through November 4 This series of five, one-hour webinars provides information and instruction in the basics of… Read more

    Archivist-Intern imports paper heritage recordings and gets them ready for the archive

    By / September 27, 2022

    We are working on our paper making collection, which documents paper making in the region, and in Lee, Mass, primarily.   Making sure the digital files were safe was task number one.   We are fortunate to be working with an archivist, Schuyler Fohrhaltz-Burbank, a recent graduate of the Simmons University MS Library and Information Science/ Archives… Read more

    Incarceration, Oral History, Documentary & “Suave”, offered by Columbia University OHMA

    By / September 20, 2022

    Incarceration, Oral History, Documentary & ‘Suave’  SIGN UP NOW  Where: Zoom – Sign up to receive the link here When: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 6:00pm-7:30pm EST Maria Hinojosa spent nearly 20 years documenting with David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, who was incarcerated for a crime he was convicted of at the age of 17. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning… Read more

    First of Boston Public Library’s oral history workshops is tonight

    By / September 15, 2022

    Dear Subscriber, We are re-posting this information because we learned that many of you had not received the original post.  We are trying to troubleshoot our blog post problems.  Thanks for your patience! Judith Monachina Director, Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College jmonachina@berkshirecc.edu The first two of these workshops is offered via… Read more

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

    By / September 8, 2022

    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… Read more

    Connecticut cultural groups seek input from History Organizations

    By / August 4, 2022

    Input from History Organizations Wanted: The Arts, Culture and Tourism Funding Roadmap Project In December 2021, representatives of the arts, culture and tourism sectors met in Hartford to discuss their priorities. Now, Connecticut Arts Alliance, Connecticut Humanities, and Connecticut Tourism Coalition are working together to follow up on that convening to advocate for meaningful, reliable, and equitable state funding for… Read more

    Story Circles

    By / August 2, 2022

    We are about to plan a series of discussions about story circles. If you are interested, read on! We participated in one that the West Side Legends organized back in the spring.  The theme of that story circle was living on the West Side of Pittsfield during the 1950’s and 1960’s, before the Urban Renewal… Read more

    Site work

    By / July 19, 2022

    Hello Oral History Center blog subscriber, You may receive a few email messages with invitations to open old posts.  We have been working on the site, and this seems to have happened as a result of a plug in. We apologize if this has caused any inconvenience. Thanks! Judith Monachina jmonachina@berkshirecc.edu  

    It Takes Many Lives: Jeff Vele, Stockbridge-Munsee Community member gives talk

    By / July 15, 2022

    About My Story: It Takes Many Lives to Make an Indian Trustees of Reservations, Mission House, Stockbridge, MA Registration required:  https://thetrustees.org/event/78743/ Hear from Stockbridge-Munsee Community Member in Residence, Jeff Vele, as he shares personal reflections and lessons from his life– from his time as a Native American living in the city to moving back to… Read more

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