SOHA 2020 Awards, Scholarships & Mini-Grants

The Purpose of SOHA is to provide a vehicle for communication among persons, programs, and institutions using oral testimony; to encourage cooperation among its members; to promote standards among oral historians, to foster an understanding of and use of oral history; to provide guidance to projects; to create educational programs and resources; to aid in securing financial funding for members’ projects. Apply for the 2020 SOHA awards for the March 27-29, 2020 conference at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2020. Award Notifications: February 28, 2020. See our Call for Proposals for additional details.

Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship for Native American Scholars:
Named in honor of Apache author and oral historian Eva Tulene Watt, who shared the story of her family and her people’s past through recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions (Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975, with Keith Basso, University of Arizona, 2004), this SOHA scholarship enables indigenous oral history practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. As part of the award, the SOHA conference registration fee is waived and travel and hotel expenses are reimbursed up to an amount of $500. Recipients are not eligible for the Eva Tulene Watt scholarship two years in a row. A one-year SOHA membership will be included in the scholarship award. 2020 Application

General Scholarship:
SOHA awards two General Scholarships to oral historians and practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. Students, teachers, independent oral historians and individuals associated with nonprofit organizations in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply. Funding includes one cash award of $300 per recipient and should be applied toward travel and hotel expenses. The SOHA conference registration fee is waived. Recipients are not eligible for the General Scholarship two years in a row. A one-year SOHA membership will be included in the scholarship award. 2020 Application

Mini-Grants
SOHA awards up to three mini-grants each year totaling up to $1500. Funds may be used for interviewing, equipment, transcription, editing, publishing, and other oral history related expenses. Students, teachers, and independent researchers, historical societies, archives, museums, and non-profits in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply to conduct research on the Southwest. Recipients may be invited to present their work at a SOHA conference within two years of receiving the Award. We also ask that recipients prepare a written report on their work for inclusion in SOHA’s newsletter within six months of receiving the award. 2020 Application

Visit www.southwestoralhistory.org/awards.html for more information.

Northeastern State University

Dr. Farina King, SOHA 1st VP, teaches oral history methodology at Northeastern State University. She hosted a conversation with Sarah Milligan, Head, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and Julie Pearson-Little Thunder at Oklahoma State University. View their digital collections here that are hosted by CONTENTdm and Omeka: https://library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/digital/. You will learn about Oklahoma Conservation Heritage, Married for Life, Oklahoma Native Artists, OSU and OK Diverse Sexuality and Gender, Spotlighting Oklahoma, and other collections. Jennifer Keil, SOHA President, provided feedback about her role as a digital historian for her company 70 Degrees. She is working on California community oral history projects for cities, governments, and non-profit organizations. View some of the Orange County interviews with the public library here: ocstories.org.

Our discussions about preservation and access emphasized the changes in technologies. We discussed migration to new platforms and metadata structure like XML files. To learn more about project management and receive workshop training, we encourage you to attend oral history conferences. Sarah is the American Folklore Society, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Co-Chair (2020) October 13-17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Farina and Jennifer are organizing the Southwest Oral History Association meeting March 27-29, 2020 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Voices – Veterans Storytelling Project

VOICES – Veterans Storytelling Project

Our next public reading of VOICES will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020, 7:00pm at Heroes Hall, OC Fair & Event Center! Admission and parking are free.

What’s YOUR story? We are calling on veterans to participate in our VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project, which offers free coaching to vets in compiling and sharing their stories of life before, during and after military service.

Hear what veterans have to say about participating in VOICES:

The project is conducted by Arts Orange County in collaboration with Heroes Hall at OC Fair & Event Center and Tierney Center for Veteran Services at Goodwill OC. If you are interested in learning more about how to share your own stories through this program, please contact Dave Barton at (714) 598-7406. Dozens of OC veterans have participated in the four years we have offered this program. There is no cost to participate.

 

VOICES is presented by:

VOICES is made possible in part through funding from:

 

The William Gillespie Foundation

 


Visit Heroes Hall on-lineView excerpts from past VOICES readings:

 

The voices of veterans come alive at Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center as former military men and women share their very personal and poignant stories of service. VOICES is the culmination of a six-week veterans’ storytelling workshop.

Follow and Share @voicesveterans on Facebook

View the 2018 Program

 


 

October 5, 2019 Public Reading 

OHA Archives Interest Group

Automated Transcription Part 2, will be on November 15th, 2pm to 3pm EST.

Our presenters for this session will be Allison Schein Holmes, Archivist at the WFMT & Studs Terkel Radio Archive, and Brad Spry, Programmer Analyst with Atkins Library’s Technology and Digital Strategies team at UNC Charlotte.

The Zoom link for the conference call next week (November 15th from 2-3 PM EST) is https://psu.zoom.us/j/846329038. If
you are unable to join via Zoom online, please follow one of the optional connection methods below:
Telephone: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll), or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)

Visit https://www.oralhistory.org/oha-archives-interest-group-oha-aig/ for more information.

Hansen Lecture to Focus on Digitizing Japanese American History

In the fall of 2013, Greg Williams contacted Cal State Fullerton’s Lawrence De Graaf Center for Oral and Public History with a proposal to create a single website housing Japanese American history archives from various collections in the California State University system.

Today, the systemwide project has 14 collaborators — including COPH — and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Archives, National Park Service and the California State Library.

Williams, director of archives and special collections at Cal State Dominguez Hills, will visit CSUF Tuesday, Nov. 5, to deliver COPH’s annual Hansen Lecture on “Building a Statewide Digital and Archival Collaboration: The CSU Japanese American Digitization Project.” Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion A.

“It is evident that the materials on this site hold research value for the hundreds who have used them,” said Natalie Navar-Garcia, COPH archivist. “COPH is proud to be a part of the collaborative CSU Japanese American website project.”

True to its student-driven approach, COPH’s Japanese American Oral History Project was launched in 1972 at the urging of undergraduate history major Betty E. Mitson. Working with faculty members Gary L. Shumway and Arthur Hansen, she transcribed, edited and indexed a series of tape-recorded interviews pertaining to the World War II Japanese American evacuation.

The project continued to engage students and faculty members in research for decades to come, amassing an archive of more than 300 oral histories. The collection includes notable oral histories with community leader Clarence I. Nishizu, civil rights activist Frank Emi, Nisei journalist James Omura, and longtime Manzanar Committee chair Sue Embrey.

To date, COPH has contributed over 100 oral histories to the CSU collaborative website.

Read more here: http://news.fullerton.edu/2019fa/Hansen-Lecture.aspx

Join SOHA

The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) was founded in 1981 to serve practitioners of oral history in Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico and contiguous areas. Today, we have expanded to Texas, Oklahoma, Central and Northern California, and other parts of the Southwest. Through publications, meetings, workshops and special events, we support and promote oral history as a method for exploring and recording history, culture, and current experiences. In this endeavor, we cooperate with other organizations and institutions in the region and maintain close ties with the national Oral History Association. Visit www.southwestoralhistory.org to learn more. Please become a member by visiting https://squareup.com/store/southwest-oral-history-association. We hope to see you at SOHA’s Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2020, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Please see our Call for Proposals with a deadline of January 6, 2020.

SOHA at OHA 2019

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.

See you at UNLV March 27-29, 2020. Participate by submitting a proposal. See https://www.southwestoralhistory.org/SOHA2020_CFP.pdf for more information.

SOHA at OHA 2019

Dear SOHA Member:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Please renew now at https://squareup.com/store/southwest-oral-history-association .

Kind regards,

Jennifer Keil, Interim President

Juan D. Coronado, Past President

Marcia M. Gallo, Past President

Anthony Graham, 2019-20 SOHA Graduate Assistant

 

SOHA OFFICE

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Box 455020

4505 S. Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89154-5020


Make sure your SOHA membership is up-to-date (calendar year renewal) to receive the special SOHA registration rate for this year’s OHA conference!

Annual Meeting/Programs

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SOHA 2019 Panels & Events

 

OHA Archives Interest Group: Webinar and Best Practices

OHA-AIG September Conference Call Agenda

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 PM EST

Facilitator: Heidi Abbey Moyer

Recorder: Volunteer Needed!

Location: Zoom Meeting. To join Zoom, please use https://psu.zoom.us/j/748664192

Alternatively, if you don’t have a webcam and want to connect by phone, please see the following information to join in the call: For iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16468769923,748664192# or +16699006833,748664192#.

Or Telephone: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll) +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 748 664 192

Please Note: This session will be recorded if there is consensus to do so from all participants. Previous discussions that were recorded can be accessed on the group’s Google Drive at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zj24JGIACZDbEtNrdisOL-yG8mDD21Jy.

I. Welcome and Brief Introductions (1:00 PM EST)

II. September “Discussion of Practice” (1:10-2:00 PM EST)

Presenter: Dr. Charlie Hardy, Professor of History, West Chester University, and former President of OHA

Topic: “Sonological Competence: How to Communicate Effectively in Sound”

Additional documents for this session: Please find attached to this email a pre-discussion questionnaire (send in to Dr. Hardy by end of day Thursday); a short bio; and an article by Dr. Hardy.

III. Sept Business Meeting (2:00~2:30 PM EST)

1) Updates on previous business:

Annual OHA-AIG Report

SAA-Oral History Section 2019 Meeting —presentation about OHA-AIG

2) Update on OHA-AIG Meeting at the Annual OHA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, (October 16-20, 2019)

Committee Meeting Date/Time/ Logistics: Thursday (October 17) 12-1:30 pm. Boxed lunches will be provided for all committee members in attendance.

Steven Sielaff kindly offered to help with room logistics for this meeting since Heidi and Tina are not able to attend the conference in person. However, Heidi and Tina do plan to ‘Zoom’ into the meeting remotely.

3) OHA-AIG web-page on OHA website – proposed changes and discussion: The OHA-AIG has a presence on the OHA website along with OHA committees and the Metadata Task Force. We are the only interest group: https://www.oralhistory.org/about/committees/

The OHA-AIG web-page is our opportunity to let people know who we are, what we do, and how to get involved. The old page needs revising. Here is a link to proposed changes:

OHA-AIG web page edits Aug 2019

4) November 2019 “Discussion of Practice” “Automated Transcription – Part II” (Brad Spry, Webmaster, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Allison Schein Holmes, WFMT & Studs Terkel Radio Archive)

5) New Business or Announcements

There are a couple of ways to contribute feedback -1) Fill out a Google form or 2) email the Task Force co-chairs directly: Ellen Brooks (ellen….@gmail.com) and Jennifer Snyder (jennife…@gmail.com)
The feedback period closes on October 6th. The Overview document will be up for approval at the OHA Business Meeting on October 19. All of the info above can be found on the OHA website at: https://www.oralhistory.org/archives-principles-and-best-practices/

A big thank you to Dr. Charlie Hardy for a fascinating and informative presentation about sound recordings in all flavors. The session was recorded and can be seen and heard at the link below–highly recommended listening if you missed the session: