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June 2004

Release Date: June 07, 2004

Free Oral History Seminar Set June 24 at West Texas Collection

Reservations are being accepted by Angelo State University's Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection (WTC) for an oral history seminar that will be taught Thursday, June 24, by three faculty members from Baylor University's Institute for Oral History.

"Heirlooms on Tape: Oral History Techniques for Preserving Family and Community" will be offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 24 in the WTC on the second floor of Houston Harte University Center. Professional oral historians Rebecca Sharpless, Elinor Maze and Lois Myers, all of Baylor, will direct the class.

Registration is limited to the first 25 people to make reservations at the West Texas Collection, 942-2164. The seminar is offered free to interested individuals as a public service of the WTC.

This practical workshop examines the principles of oral history and outlines methods for preserving family and community history. Suggestions will be provided for selecting topics, interviewing people and identifying other historical resources to augment oral history.

While traditional history relies on public documents and records, oral history's focus on social and personal issues helps fill in the gaps of family and community history by identifying family values and local traditions. Oral history gives life to the names, dates and places of traditional historical or genealogical research.