OHA Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

The OHA will have pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, October 16. Workshops will cost $40 for members and $50 for non-members, with the exception of the workshop sponsored by AncestryProGenealogists, which will be $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

Attendees can sign up to attend the workshops, without attending the whole of the conference. Registration information is available here.

8:30 AM – 12 PM An Introduction to Oral History – Jeff Corrigan

8:30 AM – 12 PM Radio Storytelling:  Scripting and Editing and Telling Stories in Sound? – Molly Graham

8:30 AM – 12 PM Oral History for Genealogists, Part 1: “Tell Me About the Old Days, Grandma!” New Technologies and Enduring Best Practices for Capturing Your Family’s Oral Histories – Sue Verhoef, Roger Bell, and Daniel Horowitz Garcia

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Intro to Video: Videography and Basic Storage – Christa Whitney

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Protect The Value Of Your Labor: Survival Skills for Freelancing in Oral History – Liz Strong

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Oral History for Genealogists, Part 2: Oral History and Genealogy: Partners in Storytelling – Dawne Slater and Sandy Olney *Sponsored by AncestryProGenealogists

Visit https://www.oralhistory.org/pre-conference-workshops/ for more information.

OHA 2019 & SOHA 2020 CFP

Greetings SOHA Members and Supporters,

We hope to see all of you at the OHA annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah October 16-20, 2019. This is just a friendly reminder that SOHA members can register at the OHA member rate. To register for the conference, go to http://www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting. You can fill out the PDF registration form or register online with our SOHA preferred rates listed here: OHA Conference Registration for SOHA Members. If you have any questions, please feel free contact us via e-mail at soha@unlv.edu.

Also attached is the SOHA 2020 Call for Proposals for our upcoming conference. The theme is “Home (Lands) & Oral Histories of (Re)Vitalization” March 27-29 in Las Vegas, NV. We hope to see you in Salt Lake and Las Vegas.

Sincerely Yours,

Anthony Graham

SOHA Graduate Assistant


University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Box 455020

4505 S. Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89154-5020

OHA Diversity Committee

The OHA Diversity Committee Needs Your Opinion!
In order to better serve the membership, we need to understand the issues facing this organization. Please let us know what Diversity means to you and how the needs of a diverse membership are or are not being met. We hope to present the results at the Salt Lake City Conference.

The Inland Sea OHA 2019 Tour

The Inland Sea: Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake looms large in the American imagination and experience. To many people it seems a landform of contradictions and extremes; its shallow, salty waters complement the perceived sterility of the desert basin that gives it form, yet the Lake’s edges—where land and water meet and fresh water mixes with salt—teem with life. From prehistory it has been home to some people, a distinctive landmark and curiosity to others, and the subject of intrigue and speculation. This tour will showcase the lake’s largest island, rich with history reaching back at least 3,000 years, from Native American hunter-gatherers to reportedly the oldest house on its original foundation in Utah. This guided tour of Antelope Island State Park will include discussions of the archaeological legacy of Antelope Island and the first European Americans to explore its shores, walks through the incredibly preserved Fielding-Garr Ranch, and views of the dramatic landscape.

*This tour will be on Sunday, October 20, and it will cost $50. The tour will last from about 7am-2pm, and bus transportation is included in the cost. A boxed lunch will be provided upon request for an additional fee (see registration form).

**** All tour times are subjective to changes

To view other OHA Annual Meeting Tours and Events, please visit www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting-tours-and-events.

Keeping a Record: The LDS Church History Library and Archives

Nearly from its founding in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has encouraged the production and preservation of history. The Church History Library, located across the street from historic Temple Square, is home to state-of-the-art facilities that hold and process historical documents, artifacts, photographs, and other records that document the history of the church, its members, and the Restoration Movement of which it was part. Come learn about the Church History Library’s purpose, the facility, and the types of records stored in the vaults from the Church History Library Director, Keith Erekson. Justin Bray, Chair of the Oral History Working Group, will then talk about the Church History Library’s approach to oral histories. Your visit will end by viewing the “Foundations of Faith” exhibit where key documents of the Church of Jesus Christ’s history is displayed.

*This tour will take place on Friday, October 18, 10am. If interested, please note that this tour will require a considerable amount of walking. Participants will meet in the hotel lobby and walk to the Church History Library, and will walk back.

To view other OHA Annual Meeting Tours and Events, please visit www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting-tours-and-events.

Frybread Stories and Diné Oral Histories

Listen to Diné oral histories while learning how to make a traditional recipe of frybread during the OHA Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 16, 5 PM-7 PM, in Canyon’s Lobby at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.

Description: Frybread is a mixed symbol of survival, hope, death, and tragedy to Native Americans throughout North America. While learning how to prepare frybread dough with generations of Diné women, we will explore the complicated histories and oral traditions of frybread. We will have the opportunity to hear oral histories of Diné womanhood, family, and community, while enjoying frybread, known as “dah díníilghaazh” in Navajo.

Contact Farina King for more information at king64@nsuok.edu.

To view other OHA Annual Meeting Tours and Events, please visit www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting-tours-and-events.

Call for Nominations: 2019-2021 SOHA Board of Directors

It’s that time again, SOHA members: Board nominations are upon us!

Your current Co-Presidents, Juan D. Coronado and Marcie Gallo, are completing their terms of office as of July 1, 2019. As is the SOHA custom, current 1st Vice President Jennifer Keil has agreed to assume the office of SOHA President. In addition, current 2nd Vice President Farina King is willing to assume the duties of 1st Vice President.

Also willing to remain in office are Carlos Lopez, Arizona Delegate, and Rachael Cassidy, New Mexico Delegate. This does not preclude other SOHA members from being nominated or self-nominating for these important positions.

Some who have served our organization well for the last few years will step aside. We offer our sincere thanks to Caryll Batt Dziedziak (Treasurer), Barbara Tabach (Secretary), Virginia Espino (California Delegate), Stefani Evans (Nevada Delegate), Midge Dellinger (Student Representative), and Bridget Groat (Native American Representative)

We now have several vacancies for Board positions and welcome nominations and self-nominations. Please see pages 8 and 9 of our Summer 2019 Newsletter for descriptions of duties for the positions. All nominees must be current members of SOHA.

To nominate yourself or someone else (with their consent, of course), please send your name and contact information, along with two sentences on why you or the person you are nominating are qualified and interested in being on the SOHA Board of Directors, by August 1 to: SOHA Nominating Committee Chair Sarah Moorhead,sarahemoorhead@fastmail.fm

SOHA at OHA 2019

OHA Conference Registration for SOHA Members

Southwest Oral History Association Discount Codes :

Early Bird Registration (Until 8/15/19)

Discount Code Price Description
SOHAMEMEB $165 For people with institutional support
SOHAINDSEB $145 For people who are independent scholars

Regular Registration (Beginning 8/16/19)

Discount Code Price Description
SOHAMEMReg $190 For people with institutional support
SOHAINDSReg $175 For people who are independent scholars
SOHASTUDENT $50 For students or community practitioners*

*Student and community practitioner pricing is the same for early bird and regular registration.

** Registration for Family Members of Attendees is $35, and is the same for both members and non-members.

Online Registration Instructions:

  1. Go to the online registration form. More registration information can be found on our website here.
  2. Create an account on the site. You do not have to become an OHA member.
  3. Fill out the registration information. For registration type, select Non-Member. You can also register other people as guests. Please don’t use the given discount codes for non-SOHA members.
  4. Go to the next page, and enter the appropriate discount code. This will give you OHA Member Pricing.
  5. Continue checking out.
  6. You will receive an invoice receipt and registration confirmation in your email.

*If you wish to register and pay by check, please use this 2019 Registration form. Please indicate that you are a SOHA Member, and mail to the address listed on the form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OHA Executive Office at oha@oralhistory.org.


Summer 2019 Newsletter

We hope you enjoy our SOHA Summer 2019 Newsletter! You can share it with family and friends with our social media accounts. Learn more about our upcoming conference with the Oral History Association in Salt Lake City, Utah October 16-20, 2019. Our members receive a special rate, so please renew your membership today. Visit http://bit.ly/SOHA2019 for registration details. There’s still time to submit a poster, so consider participating in this year’s program. You will want to register for the conference tours and workshops led by amazing scholars in the oral history field.