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Alaska Native Women

The world could go to hell, but Alaska Natives would survive, 70-year-old Connie Timmerman said. She wants her grandkids, whether male or female, to know how their ancestors subsisted from Bristol Bay’s land and sea.  “Us women we could do anything. It’s a tough life, but you could do it if you set mind to it. And I truly believe that,” Timmerman told interviewers last summer. “We’re capable just as much as our men are. And it’s a good companionship, that way I think it’s healthier. You work together.”  For full story click here.

Monticello Descendants

Monticello has always been filled with the rich history of its most famous resident, Thomas Jefferson, whose story has been told and retold through the years. But the plantation — nestled in mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia — has also had to reckon with its painful history of slavery. In addition to being the third president of the United States and writer of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson owned more than 600 people.  For full story, click here.

The Past May Help Improve the Future

Agnes Arnold-Forster says:  In my current research, I conduct oral history interviews with practising and recently retired surgeons. I ask them to narrate their lives and we explore together the emotions of their personal and professional experiences. When asked about the emotional cost of care and their working conditions, almost all hark back to an era before the introduction of the EU working time directive. They reflect on the compassionate connections they could form with their patients when they were able to maintain continuity of care and talk about long working hours that were made bearable by the emotional support provided by the “firm.”  For full story click here.

Cambodian Oral History Project

From 1975 to 1979, Raet and the country of Cambodia lived in terror under the reign of the Khmer Rouge communist party and its leader, Pol Pot. Millions of Cambodian people were kicked out of their homes, forced to labor in rice fields without adequate food or rest and dragged to treacherous prisons where they were tortured and later executed. See full story here.

Libraries in South Australia

The idea of interviewing older Murray Bridge citizens turned out to be quite a labour of love involving a small group of volunteers.  Following an oral history workshop in April 2009 some volunteers began contacting local participants in order to start the project. Their stories were recorded initially on a memory card, re-processed onto individual compact discs at the State Library’s technology department and duly returned.  See full story here.

Aboriginal People in WA Mental Hospitals

Indigenous Australians, like most indigenous peoples, have a long history of engaging with European-style mental health services both in and out of the colonial era. However, their history is poorly documented and largely unexplored. We can’t even say for certain how many indigenous people in Australia used mental health services since first contact, and we know even less about what their experiences were.  Read full story here.

Oral History in Micronesia

ORAL history expands people’s appreciation of knowledge, according to Guam oral historian and ethnographer Rlene Santos Steffy in a presentation at Northern Marianas College on Tuesday and Wednesday.  In an interview, Steffy said oral history consists of the memories or recollections of people who experienced a particular historical event.  “It is about the people —   they have the story so let us hear what they have to say, and that will expand our understanding of history because it is not just textbooks written by authors who are paid to do that. They tell us the who, what, where, when, why and how, but not the heart of the story, of those who were involved in the story and have a personal connection to history,” Steffy said.
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Library of Congress Website

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training at the Library of Congress makes available interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST).  These transcripts present a window into the lives of U.S. diplomats and the major diplomatic crisis and issues that the United States faced during the second half of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st.  See more here.