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Posted: Feb 24, 2010  13:57

Telling True Stories: Oral History in Idaho


In preparation for the upcoming Smithsonian Journey Stories Exhibit, the Boundary County Historical Society will host an oral history workshop on March 24 by Kathy Hodges, Oral Historian with the Idaho State Historical Society.

The lives of ordinary people can contain romantic moments, frightening incidents, sad tales, breathtaking escapes, and sudden twists of fate. Are you thinking of interviewing your grandmother? Would you like to save community stories for future generations? Kathy Hodges will lead a discussion about memory, story, and history, and explain some of the basics of recording and preserving oral narratives, using examples from the 2500-plus interviews in the Idaho State Historical Society's collection. The workshop will provide a full day of training for interviewers and community historians.

Everyone interested in gathering and recording oral history is invited to attend the workshop, March 24 from 9-4 at the Bopundary County Museum. Registration is limited. The workshop fee of $20 includes a text/workbook and lunch. Call Gini Woodward at 267-5638 for more information or pre-register at the museum. Hours are Fri. and Sat 10-4.

The workshop is funded in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Boundary County Historical Society.


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