Field Notes
Fall 2016
From the Acting Director
I'm delighted and proud to be serving as the Acting Director of SOHP until Malinda Maynor Lowery's return in January.  I love this organization and will do my very best to steward it well over the next few months.

The fall brings renewed energy that gets unleashed in the workroom, conference room, offices and back hallways of the Love House and Hutchins Forum.  Much of this arrives, of course, with our new crop of graduate and undergraduate students.  Below you'll get a chance to meet them and hear more about what they are doing.  I simply want to say how privileged I feel to work with these wonderful young people who bring so much talent and creativity to the SOHP.

We continue to build new relationships with programs and individuals across the campus and to bring oral history to new audiences.  You'll see below more information about our exciting collaboration with the Process Series, the upcoming performance of our students' script about the Black Pioneers, and about our connection to the University History Task Force.  Our current intern research project on veterans at UNC is leading us in compelling new directions, including a collaboration with the Earl Scruggs Museum in Shelby, NC, and we continue to support the Town of Carrboro with their oral history project.  

The recent events in Charlotte, NC--the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the protests that were mobilized in response--have sent us digging in our own archives to unearth the voices of people who have shared their experiences desegregating schools in Charlotte and working for economic justice in the city.  We are creating new ways to access those interviews that we can share with the public, including a special edition of Press Record. We hope these will be useful to classrooms, congregations, and discussion groups around the state and anywhere these issues are being debated.    

For this month's regularly scheduled podcast, episode 7, we are talking about how oral history can be used as a tool for movement building.  I love co-hosting and learning alongside field scholar Carol Prince and intern Tony Liu about the ins and outs of audio production; I hope you'll take the time to listen, and share your feedback with us.  

I believe strongly that the Southern Oral History Program can model the humanities writ large, and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to participate with my excellent colleagues in this exciting venture.


Kalycia Harrell, Grace Thorpe, Cami Goray, and Tony Liu
Welcome our Fall 2016 Interns

We're so excited to welcome our new group of undergraduate interns to the SOHP this fall: Cami Goray (Junior, History major), Kalycia Harrell (Senior, Women's and Gender Studies major), Tony Liu (Senior, Geography major), and Grace Thorpe (Senior, Women's and Gender Studies major).  They will be conducting oral history interviews with veterans this semester, guided by Field Scholar Kimber Thomas.   
So far, the interns have contributed to the SOHP's ongoing projects by curating public-facing playlists, editing  our podcast, and continuing work on  "Mapping Voices of North Carolina's Past," our interactive resource for K-12 teachers.
Our research project this fall is about military veterans at UNC.  In our weekly seminar, we've discussed the history and mission of the SOHP; uncovered veteran's artifacts in the archives of the Southern Historical Collection; explored the connections between oral history and photography; and participated in the University's  Green Zone training which aims to educate faculty, staff and students about the military experience. In the coming weeks, we will be joined by the founding members of the North Carolina Veterans Oral History Project, as well as by Joshua Akers, a doctoral candidate in History at UNC who uses oral history to guide his research on Vietnam veterans.  The students are undertaking interviews with veterans, and will create a final performance based on their research. This will be presented twice:   once on campus, and one at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC, in collaboration with their  special exhibit  on music and the military. Stay tuned for dates and times!
You can learn more about our interns on  our website , and you can keep up with their progress by following them on Twitter @SOHPinterns!

Carol Prince, Rachel Cotterman, Lauren Bellard, Charlotte Fryar, Kimber Thomas and Taylor Livingston

SOHP Field Scholars Rock! 

We are so lucky to have a fabulous team of graduate students who work with us and bring so much talent and creativity to the SOHP.  New to the Love House this year are three Field Scholars: Carol Prince, Rachel Cotterman, and Charlotte Fryar. Carol, a PhD student in History focusing on music in the South after the Civil Rights movement, is the new producer and co-host of our podcast, Press Record. Rachel Cotterman, a PhD student in Geography specializing in racial and economic justice in the rural South, will be working on our Back Ways project. The SOHP has an additional Field Scholar position this year funded generously by the Chancellor's Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History. Charlotte Fryar, a PhD student in American Studies, researches university history for her dissertation and will be working on a set of interviews about the founding of the Sonja Haynes Center at UNC.We are happy to introduce our new research assistant,  Lauren Bellard, a masters degree student in the School of Library and Information Science, who works with Jaycie as the archival processor adding new interviews to the collection. We are also lucky to welcome back Kimber Thomas, who is overseeing our internship program this year, and Taylor Livingston, who is leading workshops and working on special outreach projects. To learn more about our Field Scholars and all of our SOHP staff, visit our webpage

Press Record Focuses on Oral History for Movement Building and Voices from Charlotte. 

Carol Prince and Tony Liu working with our new microphones

We were just finishing up Episode 7 when Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police in Charlotte. Our topic was timely:  Oral History for Movement Building. The episode features a wide range of approaches to oral history and activism. Carol Prince, who has taken on the role of co-host, producer, and intrepid reporter, interviewed  Dan Kerr about his time organizing the Cleveland Homelessness Oral History Project. She also participated in a workshop on oral history and movement building in Charleston, SC, run by SOHP alum Kerry Taylor at the Citadel.  You'll hear her conversations with local folks on why they chose to use oral history in their own community projects. Finally, you'll hear a clip from an interview in the SOHP archive with Linda Upton Hill, about her involvement with Knoxville, TN's Carpetbag Theater Project and how she understands the relationship between activism and storytelling. We are excited that this month's episode was produced by Carol  and SOHP intern Tony Liu with brand new audio equipment. Stay tuned for future episodes in our mini-series on Oral History and Activism during the next few months and make sure to subscribe to Press Record!

Wanting to respond more directly to the events that are still unfolding in Charlotte, though, we decided to pull together a special edition of Press Record.  Thanks to the hard work of all the field scholars and especially to Carol, we have compiled Voices from Charlotte, a short episode that features our interviewees talking about the long history of segregation, racism, and resistance in Charlotte.  We are hoping this episode can provide some historical context and perhaps serve as a conversation starter for classrooms, congregations, or communities that want to begin to grapple with what is happening in that city, and around our country.  
For more information about Press Record or to listen, check out our website.  To be sure you never miss an episode, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes here!

Find Us at OHA's 50th Birthday Party!
SOHP will be out in force at OHA in Long Beach. Carol Prince will be at the poster session talking about Press Record, and roaming the halls interviewing people for upcoming episodes.  Taylor Livingston will join Rachel Seidman and other collaborators on a roundtable discussion to talk about Mapping Voices of North Carolina's Past our resource for K12 teachers. This session is on Friday Oct 14 at 2:15. Rachel will also be on a panel about Feminism from the 1970s to today with SOHP alumnae Natalie Fousekis and Jessie Wilkerson on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. Jaycie Vos will speak with Dr. Hannah Gill, Director of New Roots, and Maria Ramirez, bilingual documentation archivist, at the roundtable session "New Roots/Nuevas RaĆ­ces: Building a Digital Bilingual Archive of Latino Oral Histories." This roundtable is scheduled for Friday at 2:15. Vos will also chair the panel "Listening in Place: Capturing Sites of Transition with Oral History" on Friday at 4:15.  Come find us and say hi!
New Roots Project Wins Oral History Award

Congratulations to New Roots/Nuevas Raices which recently won the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award (Major Project) from the Oral History Association. The project is a collaboration between the Southern Oral History Program, the  Latino Migration Project in the  Institute for the Study of the Americas, and  University Libraries. This project is generously supported by the  National Endowment for the Humanities.  

SOHP Featured in OHA's Educators' Resource

The Oral History Association recently launched a new online resource aimed at educators.  Rachel Seidman sits on the Education Committee that created the resource, and says she is excited about how teachers--whether in K12 or college classrooms--will find useful suggestions here to help them integrate oral history into their teaching.  SOHP alums Katie Womble and Joey Fink are featured prominently on the webpage.  "I'm always interested in finding ways to support K12 teachers and the use of oral history in classrooms around the country.  I'm delighted to have played a small role in helping get this new resource up and available for colleagues wherever they might teach." 
Documenting Your Carolina History Workshop

SOHP is collaborating with University Archives to host a workshop aimed at gathering more material from students and others at UNC about their experiences.  Charlotte and Jaycie will be helping lead this exciting new venture.

"Documenting Your Carolina History"
Date: Thursday, November 17th
Time: 2-3:30PM
Place: Wilson Library 504

Do you have photographs, posters, papers, and stories from your student organization that you want to save? Learn how to document and preserve your organization's history and legacy at Carolina with archivists and oral historians at UNC Library's University Archives and the Southern Oral History Program. In this 90-minute active participant workshop, you will learn techniques for social media archiving and strategies for digital preservation. You will also learn reasons and strategies for documenting the stories of your organization through oral history interviews with other members of your group. This workshop is free and open to any and all student organizations, regardless of size or purpose. Come and learn how student groups can be empowered through collective history preservation and conversation!

Good News from Our Friends

Interviewee Lois Epps Jones with David Cecelski
We're tickled that Press Record inspired  SOHP alum Lu Ann Jones, a historian with the National Park Service, to observe the agency's Centennial by producing short podcasts based on oral history interviews with veteran NPS employees. What was it like to be among the first female wilderness rangers in Yosemite National Park? How do search and rescue rangers learn to deal with death? What's it like to grow up in a park? Listen to Centennial Voices!

Jessica Wilkerson has been awarded a residential fellowship at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in order to complete work on her book, Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South.  

Sarah McNamara has accepted a position as assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University. 

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