Annual Meeting Spotlight: Workshops and Tours

The Oral History Association is offering a dynamic array of workshops and tours at the OHA annual meeting in October. Five half-day workshops will take place on Wednesday, October 14, on a wide range of topics. On Saturday morning, October 17, OHA hosts a teacher workshop led by renowned performance artist Judith Sloan for those interested in transforming stories into artistic expression. For full details about the workshops, see Workshop Information.

The 2015 program also features two tours led by local experts on Florida’s rich occupational and immigrant history. On Friday evening, historian Gary Mormino will lead a walking tour of Ybor City, the historic community founded in 1886 for the manufacture of hand-rolled Cuban cigars. By 1900, thousands of Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants had arrived and created an extraordinary built environment with a vibrant tradition of culture and mutual aid.  On Sunday morning, folklorist Tina Bucavalas will lead a tour of the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District in Pinellas County, Florida’s first Traditional Cultural Property National Register listing. Since 1905—when Greeks first arrived in large numbers—it has been significant for its tenacious continuity of traditional culture, extensive Greek infrastructure, and as the only Greek American community based on the sponge industry. Learn more about tour offerings at Tour Information.

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