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Welcome!

Interested in putting together an oral history project? Want to hone your interviewing methods? Wish to communicate with professional oral historians, or stay-up-to date on the technical skills needed to present and preserve oral histories?

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) is the place to start. This regional association brings together experts and beginners from among the ranks of oral historians, historians, archivists, journalists, librarians, political scientists, sociologists and grassroots community interviewers interested and involved with oral history.

We invite you to join us for training, to explore the information on this site, and to consider membershipOHMAR sponsors two main events each year that are scheduled at various locations around the mid-Atlantic region. The Spring Conference offers workshops, panels, and the Forrest C. Pogue Award, which goes to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the field of oral history. The Fall Workshop Series ranges from the basics of interviewing to cutting-edge discussions on the latest digital equipment and copyright law.

Members receive an electronic newsletter through e-mail, discounted conference and workshop rates, and insights into oral history activities and projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region–including annual meeting information, publications, and other items of interest to OHMAR members. The e-newsletter also reports on national and international oral history news with an emphasis on the Oral History Association (OHA).

OHMAR is a voluntary, tax-exempt non-profit, which is governed by an elected Board of officers and at-large members. The organization is formally affiliated with the national OHA.

Our Mission Statement

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement of oral history. The body responds to the needs of those actively practicing or otherwise interested in oral history in the Mid-Atlantic region.

OHMAR provides a forum for sharing information about the techniques and application of oral history, promotes standards of quality among practitioners, and assists those interested in the subject. Members include public and academic historians, librarians, archivists, teachers, folklorists, independent researchers.

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