If you are doing an oral history project or are thinking about doing one, you should apply to attend the Catching Stories Oral History Institute on the beautiful campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The institute traditionally takes place over the first week of June. The program trains participants in planning and conducting successful oral history projects. Emphasizing hands-on experience, topics covered in the two-and-a-half-day schedule include interviewing techniques, transcribing and archiving, and devising public programs based on oral history. To develop these skills, participants will work on a practice project that encompasses all stages of oral history and will also have time to consult with experts about planned projects. Sessions will also be available on using technology in oral history and on fundraising.
The faculty consists of professors from the fields of History, Sociology, Archiving, and Journalism who all have extensive experience with Oral History.
The Oral History Institute is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council and The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College.