Preservation Trust of Vermont
Oral History: An Introduction
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saint Albans Museum
9 Church St, Saint Albans, Vermont

Presented by the Vermont Folklife Center

Do you have an interview project in mind but don't quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is offering a day-long workshop, Oral History: An Introduction, that can help you move your project forward. Join us on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the St. Albans Museum in Saint Albans, Vermont.

Oral History: An Introduction  is a workshop that combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class includes a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the interview process. Attendees will also work as teams to conduct interviews using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.

From the perspective of ethnographic research, an interview offers the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of another person. The premise of our interview methodology is that everyone is the foremost authority on their own life, and an interview offers the opportunity to capture a person's experience in their own words and on their own terms.

Led by Vermont Folklife Center Director of Archives and Research Andy Kolovos, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview findings. Workshop attendees will also have ongoing access to Vermont Folklife Center staff for consultation as they later undertake their own oral history, ethnographic, and qualitative research projects.

The tuition for this workshop is $95 ($50 students). The registration deadline is April 20. The workshop will be held at the Saint Albans Museum.

For more information and to register contact Mary Rizos,, 802-388-4964 or visit the Vermont Folklife Center's website.

The Vermont Folklife Center's mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to build connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.
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