“An oral history project documenting the events of the summer bushfires on the community of Wonboyn is now available on the Bega Valley Shire Library Service website. The seven accounts of Wonboyn locals and visitors chart the events and aftermath of the out-of-control Border Fire that hit the small coastal village in early January.” Read full story, including link to the website, here.
“Lillian Brown, a media consultant who hosted a Georgetown radio show heard around the world and did makeup for U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Bill Clinton, died Sept. 13 at the remarkable age of 106.
Brown, who was CBS News’ makeup artist for 40 years, even advised John F. Kennedy to wear makeup in the first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960 with Richard Nixon.” Read full story here and listen to an interview with Lillian Brown here.
“The Oral History Association is proud to announce the release of its new suite of remote interviewing resources. These resources are a product of the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to cease face-to-face interviewing for the health of both narrator and interviewer. By March 2020, many of us found ourselves sheltering in place, trying to learn how to do our jobs from home. For those working in oral history, remote interviewing became a pathway to continue essential oral history work. This guide is meant to be a resource to practitioners as they work through the numerous questions that arise with this method.” See this website.
“Oral history has a way of transforming black-and-white, two-dimensional events from the past into full technicolor stories with a personal touch. Since 1999, the University of Texas at Austin’s Voces Oral History Project has been the leading Latinx oral history archive, chronicling the stories of those who’ve served in the military, fought for civil rights and helped build the foundation for civic and political engagement for future generations. A more recent phenomenon has sparked a new collection for Voces — the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the Latinx community.” Read the article with a link to the project here.
“The project’s website invites participants to share stories and images about their lives during the ongoing pandemic, to be interviewed for an oral history project or to “upload digital items that represent and document the SBU experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.” This is an example of a COVID project, read full article here.
“Lady Ellen Elizabeth Reed, née Langstaff, worked from 1939 to 1945 in an intelligence division at Bletchley Park, the home of British codebreaking. Bletchley Park is where the Germans’ Enigma code was broken by a team led by mathematician Alan Turing, who was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2015 film, The Imitation Game.” Read full article with link to oral history here.
“Several area history teachers say 9/11 is included in their textbooks, but the details of the day have been summarized as time passes. Teachers must supplement their presentations with photographs, videos, news reports and oral histories to complete the picture of 9/11 for their students. The teachers’ memories of 9/11, though, are influenced by how old they were themselves when the attacks happened.” Read full story here.
Dr Lois Peeler AM writes this article – “The collection of oral histories was undertaken in a spirit of generosity and a desire by the participants for the wider community to hear and understand an Aboriginal perspective about their lived experience.” Read Dr Peeler’s full article with links to videos here.
“We use words every day but the significance of language and speech and how it has developed in Australia has recently been in the spotlight. A dictionary has been published for the Dhurga Indigenous language of the Yuin Nation spoken on the NSW South Coast and Southern Tablelands.” See full story and download the program here.