Leaders Wanted!

Hello OHMAR! Do you love oral history? Does volunteering make you feel good? Of course it does! Allow me to suggest you consider assuming a leadership role within our organization. OHMAR currently needs a new Vice-President, Secretary, Communications Director, Development Director, and several

Oral Historians in the Classroom

On November 19, three OHMAR board members Skyped into my Introduction to Oral History class at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Harnessing internet technology in this way is not only easy and free — it’s consistent with OHMAR’s strategic plan! So please, reach out if you’d like to

Veteran Voices Waiting to be Heard

In its 19th year, the Veteran Oral History Project at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey in Sea Girt marches on. All branches of service and many different conflicts are represented, from World War II to the present, in the project’s collection of interviews. Young and old and

Voices of the Game

When you hear former Yankee infielder Andy Carey tell a story about printing up a fake newspaper on the night of Oct. 7, 1956 with the headline “Larsen Pitches No Hitter” and how he wanted to hang it in Don Larsen’s locker the next morning as a joke but refrained for fear of jinxing the […]

Stories at the Heart of Government-2020 Annual Meeting

The 2020 Call For Papers, “Stories at the Heart of Government: Politics and Oral History,” is currently out for submissions. OHMAR is excited to be holding this year’s conference jointly with the Society for History of the Federal Government at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional

Supporting Intergenerational Oral Histories

I am honored and grateful that my oral history project, “Youth Activism in Different Generations in Appalachia,” was selected for this year’s Martha Ross Memorial Prize. As an anthropologist, oral historian, media artist, and educator, I share Martha Ross’s sense of “duty to capture and

OHMAR 2019 Conference: A Student Perspective

As a future educator, who is has a minor in special education, I was especially grateful to have the opportunity to attend this year’s annual conference, “Access and Inclusion in Oral History” at Monmouth University. It started off with keynote speakers Brian Greenwald and Jean Bergey, Director

A Letter from the President

Greetings, all! It’s with great pleasure that I write this note to introduce myself as the new President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region! (Even though, as I wryly note to anyone who congratulates me, I was running unopposed- still a pleasure!) But before I do that, I want to thank

After 9/11: Reflections on Post Trauma Oral Histories

Last March, I presented at the 2018 OHMAR conference with retired New York City firefighter Keith Murphy. We wanted to share our experiences and discuss the risks and rewards in documenting post-traumatic oral histories as it related to the conference theme Vulnerable Voices: Power and

The South Side Voices Project and Communal Listening

When I moved to Pittsburgh at the tail end of a particularly bitter winter in 2012, I’d describe my new home to my West Coast friends as having a “Portland vibe” because of its proximity to water and multitudes of neighborhoods. Now that I consider myself local-ish, I realize how many