Category: Public History Matters

We often think of oral history projects as stodgy and boring, mere catalogs of dates, names, places, and self-important stories with little relevance to anyone else but the interviewee.  To some extent, we can’t argue with this assessment.  Too many oral histories are, in fact, unappealing, especially long-form interviews.  In our experience, the net effect […]

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 On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, take a moment (12 minutes) to listen to an amazing emotional reunion between a Jewish father and son separated by the Nazis during WWII. Until this moment, each thought the other was dead. Listen, and you will witness a remarkable, deeply human moment almost beyond words–in fact, for a […]

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TSVP strongly encourages local historical societies and museums to engage history in real time by using digital media to document, preserve, interpret, and share what is happening in our communities–right now. Carpe diem! In our opinion, too many local history organizations are rear facing and fixated on a static past. We think these organizations can […]

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The Social Voice Project is mentioned in the chapter, “Oral History for the Twenty-First Century,” alongside StoryCorps (Library of Congress, National Public Radio) and the internationally acclaimed Memoro Project as a significant public history program that captures, preserves, and shares the voices and stories of our local communities. In reaction, we respond: “TSVP began as […]

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