We are sending this message with some updates and reminders. Please cancel your Embassy Suites Las Vegas hotel reservations under the SOHA 2020 group rate at this time if you have not already done so. We have tentatively postponed the SOHA 2020 conference to September 11-13, 2020, but we must wait to see how developments with COVID-19 unfold before confirming and finalizing hotel negotiations. We plan on gathering at UNLV Lied Library when conditions improve.
We ask and encourage folks who have already registered for SOHA 2020 to agree to applying their registration for the postponed conference. We request that SOHA 2020 registrants not ask for refunds due to our nonprofit status and financial hit and struggle from these unprecedented events. If you cannot attend the postponed SOHA 2020 conference, please consider donating the paid registration amount to SOHA. Otherwise, if the registrants are under financial strain and have special circumstances, please contact the SOHA office at email@example.com and we will work with individuals on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for your patience and understanding in these matters.
We wish you all well and please take care during these times. Thank you for being a part of our SOHA family and supporting one another.
With Warmest Regards,
SOHA 2020 Planning Committees
SOHA Program Co-Chairs, Farina King and Ryan Morini
IMMEDIATE RELEASE AND ANNOUNCEMENT: SOHA 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 2020
Dear SOHA members and conference participants:
We appreciate everyone’s diligent effort and support for the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) 2020 Annual Conference. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and health issues develop, travel bans and freezes on travel funding are affecting and prohibiting our members and conference participants from attending. Our registration and hotel room group rate reservations reflect these pressing circumstances. After having conducted several meetings and voting consensus, SOHA board members and conference organizers have decided to postpone the SOHA 2020 conference from March 27-29, 2020 to September 2020. We had considered offering an online conference, but this isn’t the tradition of our organization.
We will follow up and communicate with conference participants and registrants to move forward on postponing the conference. Individuals who have already registered for the SOHA 2020 conference will have their registration applied to the new dates of the conference in September 2020. For those who already reserved their hotel room at the Embassy Suites in Las Vegas under the SOHA group rate, we will work with the hotel to change the reservation dates to the time of the rescheduled conference. Individuals may also cancel their hotel reservations usually within 72 hours of the check-in date to avoid charge.
If individuals cannot attend the conference in September 2020, please contact and communicate directly with the SOHA office. You can contact the SOHA office regarding any questions and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 702-895-5011. As we work through the postponement of the conference, more details and announcements will be communicated as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding, patience, and attention. It is with heavy heart that we must face these choices, but we are so grateful for each of you and our SOHA family. We care for each of you and wish you all to be well and stay well during these difficult times. We hope to see you all at SOHA 2020 conference in September.
We are preparing for the #SOHA2020 conference at our institutional home at UNLV on March 27-29, 2020. We have amazing committees who have met regularly to create a program, select award recipients, and provide local arrangements for you to enjoy. Our board of directors and conference committees are following UNLV administrative guidelines as our host campus in regard to gathering during the COVID-19. The campus is posting updates on its news site to maintain safety. We encourage you to follow the UNLV Wellness Center reports and Travelers’ Health recommendations. At this time, we are planning on meeting in person based on current recommendations. If we are advised not to meet in person, we will notify you promptly and provide an alternative method to meet virtually as some professional organizations do regularly.
As we are looking forward to seeing you all soon, we hope that you remain vigilant. We ask that you follow the CDC guidelines and recommendations. Please limit physical contact with attendees and find alternative methods of handshaking. We respect people’s method to maintain healthy conditions. Find latest information at the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and DC Health. Please contact our office if you have specific questions at email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support and participation in our annual meeting. Please do proceed with online registration and book your stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel Las Vegas using our group rate until the end of this week. Our leadership has invited leading scholars as our keynote and plenary speakers which include oral historian, teacher, writer, and performance artist J. Patrick Johnson and Alexander Aviña, ASU Associate Professor. We have planned workshops, receptions, sessions, and a new student lighting round to highlight your incredible work. Our goal is to support the UNLV community and are offering these students a discounted conference rate. We look forward to presenting awards to acknowledge your commitments to the field of oral history.
We trust you will have safe travel to UNLV and look forward to seeing you all soon!
It was wonderful seeing our network at the Oral History Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah! Thank you for joining us. Congratulations to Dr. García, the 2019 Mink awardee, and all the award recipients. Please see some highlights from this year’s conference.
First and foremost, we want to thank you for your continued participation in SOHA. Without your loyalty and support, we would not be able to actively develop our communities and continuously provide our members with valuable benefits. Put simply, you, our members, make what we do possible. Over the last year, you have enabled us to accomplish a number of initiatives:
Our 2018 Annual Conference, co-sponsored with the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History at California State University, Fullerton, was a great success and drew participants from throughout our region and across the country. During the conference we proudly presented our annual James V. Mink Award to longtime SOHA member and OHA leader Dr. Natalie Fousekis.
Our Scholarships and Mini-Grants Awards programs continue to be a strong and vital part of our efforts. This year we are giving an unprecedented number of awards to a wide variety of recipients and practitioners. We provide highlights of their work in our newsletters, website, and social media platforms.
We are cosponsoring the 2019 Oral History Association conference October 16-20 in Salt Lake City, UT. This means reduced rates for SOHA members. It also means that there will be special SOHA sessions and our annual Awards reception on October 19, which is open to all participants.
As mandated by our organizational By-Laws, we now are holding elections for the 2019-21 SOHA Board of Directors. If you will be attending the OHA Salt Lake City conference, please join us for our Business Meeting on Saturday, October 19 at the conference hotel, where the elections will be held. See our SOHA Board Nomination Candidate Statements.
Last but not least, we are planning our 2020 SOHA Conference for March 27-29 at our home institution, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Our Call for Proposals announced the annual conference with the theme of “Home(Lands) and Oral Histories of (Re)Vitalization” at the Lied Library on the campus of the University of Nevada.
We hope you have benefited personally and professionally from your membership with SOHA. You can continue to support our organization in its mission to promote oral history understanding, cooperation, guidance, and community-based as well as institutional programs. Be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions. We’d love to hear your feedback!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).