2015-10-28 - Place and Oral History
Notes from the Western History Association Conference, Oct. 28, 2015.
Place and Oral History in the American West
Tapestry to make the world legible
Individuals and the way they experiment the past in place.
Active engagement in place making
Issues and ideas of place. Important to environmental history.
Impact of activity on their homes
Keith Basso, stories embedded in place
Changing environment -> experience of place
Shanna M. Farrell
West Coast cocktails oral history project
Formed a group of advisors
Dale DeGruff -> changes the face of modern cocktails
Geography central to the project
Great Salt Lake
Jared Farmer, book on Great Salt Lake
Place is formed by lived experience. Moves beyond space, embeds meaning. Oral history helps real this
Interviewing for place
- record lived experience
- brief biography
- general questions about the place
- focus on specific knowledge
Outcomes? (Web, preservation, etc)
Funding? Align with external goals, sense of urgency, anniversaries.