Capturing Memories: How to Record Oral Histories
The opportunity to capture your own family oral history has never been easier. Advances in technology make it possible for everyone to record their own family histories, simply using their own smartphones. To get you started, check out the book Capturing Memories: How to Record Oral Histories.
Oral History classes on Skillshare:
As an extra bonus, you can also watch a series of video lectures on the creative platform Skillshare that come directly from the book. Skillshare is an incredible resource for all sorts of creative projects, so once you check out this class, you just might find yourself watching dozens more.
There are three classes on Skillshare and the first one is free. The first class is all about interview techniques I learned from years of conducting interviews. The second class discusses the technical aspects of making the recording. The third class is a discussion about what to leave in and what to take out when you are editing a story into a finished product.
Oral History Projects
The West Virginia Voices of War Project features the memories of 46 different war veterans.
Keep on, Keepin’ on: A Breast Cancer Survivor Story is a project with Jean Hanna Davis as she goes through her second round of chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Memories of the Valley: The FestivALL Oral History Project. This is a collection of oral histories recorded by residents of Charleston, West Virginia about their lives growing up there.
Dive-Abled: The Leo Morales Story