Everything You Need to Build an Oral History Legacy
Capturing a voice, laugh, joke, or song adds depth and texture to history and inspires an emotional connection with important people in our lives.
Adding individuals’ experiences to the historical record adds so much to our understanding – clearing up a confusing census record, sharing a community rumor that explains a place or relationship.
Guide to choosing a focus
Call to get acquainted & make an interview plan
Outline of our interview path
Permission form, signed by your interviewee, giving permission to share it
Two recorded sessions, 45-60 minutes each, to capture a path
Copies of each recording, and textual transcripts
Capture the voices of your life.
Save stories that didn't leave a paper trail.
I’ll Walk You Through Every Step…
And set us up for success as we plan, perform, and button up this very special personal history project. We’ll even discuss any restrictions that your interviewee might want to place on their history, should it be donated to a public archive.
Guide to choosing a focus for this project
Call to determine a plan and a path
Outline of our intended path, emailed back to you
Two Recorded interviews & permissions form to direct donating
Copies of your audio recordings & typed transcripts
When your elder is unsure…
Clients come to me frequently to tell me that their elder doesn’t see the value in their own history.
They say, “I haven’t done anything important” or “we just got through it all, it was just very ordinary.”
- truly feel unworthy
- feel overwhelmed by this new idea
- be totally comfortable if it’s framed as family history
- have one topic in particular they don’t want to discuss
- be digesting something right now but will be open to it later
I made this video for them. Take a look and share it with your elder. Sometimes meeting the interviewer or a reassuring promise not to peek behind the shower curtain is all they need to get behind an oral history project.