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OHA Education Committee member Katie Kuszmar is passionate about oral history, using it as a tool to foster community and “support collaboration for [environmental] sustainability.” You can read more about her work at

Following the publication of her article “From Boat to Throat: How Oral Histories Immerse Students in Ecoliteracy and Community Building” in the Oral History Review, Oxford University Press highlighted Kuszmar in their January 2015 blog post, “Building community and ecoliteracy through oral history,” by Andrew Shaffer. Through a series of question and answer exchanges, Kuszmar explains how she utilizes oral history with her students to engage them in making history while also enabling them to learn about local sustainable fishing practices and consumption. Learn more about the project at

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