Imagine being able to walk through a downtown London neighbourhood and, at the click of a link on your phone, be able to hear a first-person story about a former slave who 150 years ago lived at the spot where you stand. For full story click here.
Pretty much everyone who lived near Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979 has a story about what happened there that spring. It turned out to be the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident. Read full article here.
For 40 years, interviewers have been collecting the stories of Holocaust survivors, liberators and witnesses who found their way to St. Louis after World War II. Now, for the first time, the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center has gathered 144 of these oral histories into a searchable website, securing their stories for all time. The Oral Histories Project can be found at HMLC.org/Oral-Histories. For full story click here.
U.S. occupation forces landing in Japan at the end of World War II immediately needed staff who could communicate with the defeated Japanese. Japanese American soldiers formed the core of the translation and interpretation service, putting them in the often awkward position of being conquerors who shared a heritage with the enemy. One of the most common questions they were asked by the Japanese was: “What is democracy?” Read full story here.
Encouraged by a Library of Congress initiative, volunteers and non-profit groups around the country are recording and preserving veterans’ voices. Read and listen to full story here.
“Eastern Shore Public Library will host the 2019 Frances Bibbins Latimer Oral History Contest. All Eastern Shore of Virginia middle and high school students are invited to video or audio record an interview with someone fifty years of age or older. The fifteen to twenty minute interviews will cover the life of the person during their younger years. ” This is a great example of having teenagers engaging with older people and recording their stories. See full story here.
Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro, associate professor in Concordia’s Department of Theatre, transforms lives by turning the act of listening into a performance. Now, the Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance is getting set to launch his new Acts of Listening Lab at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. An innovative approach, see full story here.
“Still a teenager when he started collecting people’s stories, Tomás Mac Conmara’s new book The Time of the Tans is backboned by many years of work.” For full story click here.
“Condensing more than 100 years of history into 23 minutes is no easy task. But that’s what Phil Audibert is doing as he works with Dogwood Village to capture the life stories of some of its residents for “Memories: An Oral History Project.” For full story (with video trailer at bottom of article) click here.
The State Library of Western Australia’s oral history collection of Migration Voices will be added to UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World national register. For full story, including link to Australian Memory of the World Program click here.