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Citadel News Service
26 Apr 2010

Oral History Program offers upcoming workshop in Beaufort

The Citadel Oral History Program, The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, The Beaufort County Library and The Penn Center invite the public to participate in an oral history workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2010, in the Children’s Programming Room at the library, 311 Scott St. in downtown Beaufort.

This interactive workshop, led by staff from The Citadel Oral History Program and Avery Research Center in Charleston, will cover each aspect of the oral history process, including project planning, interview strategies, recording technology and archiving. The program will be of value to those involved in family or community projects under way and those in the planning stages.

"Oral histories provide immediacy and emotion that may be absent from other types of historical sources, said Kerry Taylor, assistant professor of history and director of The Citadel Oral History Program. “Moreover, oral histories allow us to include the perspectives and experiences of historical actors who have been underrepresented in archives and official sources, whether we’re talking about women and racial or ethnic minorities, GIs, or youth.”

The workshop is part of a vigorous outreach effort by The Citadel Oral History Program to promote best practices in oral history and follows up on a workshop offered on campus this past December. Additional sessions are planned for later this year in Sumter, Greenville and Rock Hill.

Teachers, community activists, genealogists, and high school and college students are encouraged to attend. Space is limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Beaufort District Collection at 843-470-6525 or e-mail

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