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Oral History Program


Citadel and Avery Team up for Oral History Workshop in Beaufort

Building on earlier workshops offered in Charleston over the past year, Citadel Oral History Program and Avery Research Center staff visited the Beaufort County Library on May 22 to train local people interested in improving their oral history skills. The Avery Center’s Shelia Harrell-Roye and Oral History Program coordinator Kerry Taylor instructed 15 attendees on the oral history process, including interviewing techniques and archiving strategies. The workshop received excellent reviews from the teachers, genealogists, community activists, history enthusiasts, and students who participated in the free session. “Going into the workshop, I was skeptical about the value of oral history,” one commented. “As a result of this well-presented workshop, I feel much more enlightened about the possible benefits of the techniques” of oral history. Harrell-Roye observed that the workshops “assist people with the necessary tools to reveal diverse and meaningful stories which may otherwise go unheard.” The Beaufort session, which was co-sponsored by the Penn Center and the Beaufort County Library, was the first of several workshops that will be offered across South Carolina by Avery and Citadel staff. For more information, contact The Citadel Oral History Program (843-953-5357)

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