First OHA webinar attracts world-wide audience

 WebinarAn international audience of more than 200 people interested in oral history registered for the Oral History Association’s first webinar “Documenting Your Community: Planning Skills for Oral History Projects.”

The Nov. 3 online workshop was presented by Mary Larson of Oklahoma State University and Jeff Corrigan of California State University Monterey Bay.

Corrigan said more than 85 people watched and participated in the live webinar, and a total of 234 registered to either watch live or get a link to the presentation for later use.

Participants represented a wide array of individuals from local historical societies, libraries, museums and state and federal government agencies, including historians, students, teachers, genealogists and independent scholars, he said. Most participants were from the United States, but people also registered for the workshop from Canada, Australia, Germany and Turkey.

The webinar focused on community oral history basics, including how communities can assess available resources, determine the scope and planned outcome of oral history projects, to choose interviewers and interviewees and figure out what additional resources and expertise community projects might require.

People who participated are being asked for their feedback to help OHA leaders determine whether future webinars are warranted.

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