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Introduction to Oral History

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November 30, 2022: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? Vermont Folklife is offering Introduction to Oral History to help you move your project forward, including Vermont Reads 2022 projects centered around The Most Costly Journey (El viaje más caro.)

This free 90-minute Zoom workshop combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical guidance in oral history interview techniques.


From the perspective of ethnographic research an oral history 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 provides the opportunity to record a person’s experience in their own words and on their own terms. Whether you’re conducting a single or multiple interviews, an oral history approach can make space for multiple perspectives on complex issues and help draw connections between individual and collective experiences.

Workshop activities include listening exercises, a demonstration interview, a brief introduction to recording technology, and an overview of options for preserving and sharing materials generated through an oral history project.

Led by Vermont Folklife Director of Archives and Research Andy Kolovos and Media and Education Specialist Mary Wesley, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming project ideas.


November 30, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Richelle Franzoni
(802) 262-1355


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