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Oral History Workshop: What Does Democracy Mean to You?

What does Democracy mean to you?  What does it mean to be an informed and engaged citizen?

Delaware Humanities, the Delaware Historical Society, and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press held a free, virtual Oral History Workshop for teachers and students, Grades 7-12, on March 10, 2021.

Students learned how to design oral history interview questions, conduct virtual interviews, and properly document and preserve their recordings.

The theme of the workshop is “What does Democracy mean?  What does it mean to be an informed and engaged citizen?” While the skills discussed can be applied to any subject, students who conduct interviews related to the theme are asked to share them with Delaware Humanities, the Delaware Historical Society, and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press.  The interviews will become part of the Delaware Historical Society’s archives and the top interviews may be featured in a future episode of Delaware Humanities’ podcast A Matter of Facts.

If you are a educator of students Grades 7-12 and would like a copy of the workshop recording, please contact Ciera FisherPlease note this event was specifically for students grades 7-12. 

Workshop Outline
Why collect oral history?
Pre-interview
– Documentation and release forms
– Developing questions
Interview
– Equipment and interviewing tips
Post-interview
– Preservation and editing

We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.