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

The Archive of Immigrant Voices

Recently I sat down with Kate Keane, the Director of University of Maryland’s Center for Global Migration Studies to talk with her about the Center’s Archive of Immigrant Voices.  Established in 2012 to house interviews with immigrants to the United States, the archive currently contains 79

Oral History, Data, and Communities

Oral histories and everyday experiences don’t often come to mind when we think of data. Data usually refers to the quantitative scientific measurements that point towards an objective truth. By contrast, human experiences are often seen as subjective, misleading, and an unreliable source of