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2020 Conference Update and “Business Meeting”

We’d like to take a moment to update you on our 2020 conference planning. As we announced on 3/9, the global COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel the annual meeting that was supposed to be held in Shepherdstown, WV, from March 13-14. We were able to refund all registration fees and are pleased

OHMAR Annual Meeting Cancelled

To the OHMAR community: This communication updates that which we sent on 3/7. At this time, we need to cancel the OHMAR annual meeting in Shepherdstown, WV on March 13-14, 2020. This is not a decision that we came to lightly. There have been many contributing circumstances, among them

Akers, Stillwell to be Awarded Prestigious Pogue Award

OHMAR is pleased to announce that Dr. Regina Akers of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), and Cdr. Paul Stillwell who has been long associated with the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), will be jointly presented with the Forrest C Pogue Award to recognize lifetime accomplishments in the

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