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May 2, 2011
By Claudene Wharton
Nevadans have rich and diverse lives and fascinating family heritages. Now, those who would like to record the memories of friends and family members can get guidance from the University of Nevada Oral History Program at a workshop 1 - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at the University's Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 320.
This workshop will provide direction on how to record oral histories of family and friends in order to preserve their stories for future generations. Topics will include how to prepare for an interview, how to generate interview questions, how to conduct the interview, what recording equipment to use, and what might be done with completed recordings.
"Interest in oral history has been rising in recent years with the increasing popularity of genealogy, websites like Ancestry.com, and radio programs such as StoryCorps," said the program's director, Alicia Barber. "Recording the firsthand recollections of family and friends is one of the most effective ways to ensure that our community's history is preserved and passed along."
For more information and to attend the workshop, call (775) 784-6932. The fee is $20 for one person or $30 for two people attending together. Payment can be made by credit card over the phone, or by cash or check on the day of attendance. Free parking is available at the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. For more information, go to The University of Nevada Oral History Program.
Established in 1964 and now housed in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Oral History Program has produced an extensive oral history collection documenting the history and culture of Nevada and the Intermountain West.