SOHA Award Ceremony

SOHA members, friends, and supporters: We plan to see you in Long Beach for the 50th Anniversary Oral History Association Conference from October 12-16, 2016. During the conference, SOHA will celebrate our 35th Anniversary with a special gathering and awards ceremony from 6:30 to 8:00 pm Saturday evening, October 15th. We are gathering in the beautiful and historic First Congregational Church of Long Beach, about six blocks from the conference hotel. Requested donation of $15 includes dinner and presentation of the 2016 James V. Mink Award to oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino. Proceeds support SOHA’s scholarship and grants programs. Please RSVP by October 7, 2016. For more information, contact SOHA  at 702-895-5011 or at


With less than a month away from the OHA Conference, we hope you’ve had a chance to register to attend! Visit for more details. See you in Long Beach! 

Changing Lives, Changing L.A. Hotel Workers Rising!


Invite your community to participate in this event. We hope to see you there!

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THE WOMEN ONTHE MOTHER ROAD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Route 66 Oral Histories and Screening and Discussion Program reexamines iconic Route 66 from a female, Californian perspective. Project director Katrina Parks and librarian and archivist Chris Ervin (the Mohave Desert Archives, Goffs, CA) will present a slide lecture and several filmed and edited oral histories.  They will place archival photos and filmed interviews about diverse women’s experiences along Route 66 in a wider historical, women’s studies and media studies context.

Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:30 pm
El Garces, Luggage Room
149 G St, Needles, CA 92363

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Katrina Parks, project director, cell: 323-203-5968, or see their Facebook event. Bricks purchased to support the on-going restoration of this important historic building will be on display.

THE WOMEN ONTHE MOTHER ROAD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is a Community Stories funded project. To learn more about California Humanities grantmaking programs, please visit us here.

Oral History Workshop

This is a great opportunity to learn about the basics of oral history. Be sure to RSVP soon since there are only 25 spaces available. 

Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

Join OHA for their conference Saturday Workshops. Please see for registration details.

**To receive a CEU, teachers must sign up for both Saturday workshops

In the Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Oral History Tools, Techniques and Methodology ($40)

8:30 to 12:00

Workshop Leader: Virginia Espino, Moon Canyon Films

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History — Teacher Workshop ($5)

1:00 to 4:30

Workshop Leaders: Cliff Mayotte and Claire Keifer, Voice of Witness

In the Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Oral History Tools, Techniques and Methodology  

Interested in rescuing lost histories? Thinking of staring an oral history project in your community? Do you want to conduct a family oral history but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is an introduction to oral history tools, techniques and methodology. It is intended for those new to the field and will begin with an overview of oral history and its multiple uses. The workshop will provide students with an introductory understanding of the methods for conducting oral history based on the best practices outlined by the Oral History Association and will cover the range of issues involved in preparing for and conducting a quality interview.

Topics to be discussed include:

Drawing up interview outlines and questions

Effective interviewing techniques

Legal and ethical concerns

Access and preservation

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History — Teacher Workshop 

(Registration for both Introduction to Oral History and Teacher Workshop is required for CEU)

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History begins by exploring the question, “If you had a meaningful story to share with someone, what would you need to feel safe, to feel brave?  This hands-on workshop for educators in academic and community settings offers a pedagogy developed by Voice of Witness that honors listening and resilience and reinforces oral history as a powerful mode of inquiry. Attendees will explore the nuances and complexities of creating and maintaining brave spaces during their oral history projects by receiving Common Core-aligned curricular resources, participating in small group discussions and activities, and by practicing and analyzing oral history interviews. From examining oral history through a lens of cultural norms, insider/outsider status, power dynamics, and representation, workshop facilitators will provide participants the tools to address the responsibilities connected to amplifying the unheard voices in their schools and communities.