SAA11: A Retrospective

02/09/2011 § 5 Comments

Continuing in the tradition of the ALA11 retrospective post and to promote more archives posts on HackLibSchool, I decided to create a collaborative post of session summaries from the Society of American Archivists (SAA to all you non-archives students) 2011 Annual Meeting, which was held in Chicago this past week.  Many thanks to all of the contributors!

Rose (of HackLibSchool):

Session – Oral History Section Meeting: I’m taking an oral history class this semester and was excited to attend this year’s oral history section meeting because I really enjoyed last year’s presentations.  This year, two teachers from the Catherine Cook School (David Harris and Justin Sheehan) along with four of their former students discussed an oral history project conducted during the students’ 8th grade year.

The oral history project comprised of preparing for and interviewing Vietnam War veterans, which is a heavy subject for people of all ages — let alone middle-schoolers.  The students also edited the video footage into a documentary.  Clips from the documentary were shown, and I was incredibly impressed by the students’ skills in both editing and oration.  The students were incredibly articulate about what they learned from the project and really demonstrated how powerful oral histories are.  All of the students expressed interest in conducting oral histories of their family members at some point.

This project was a great example of how to incorporate oral history into secondary education curriculum, and I think archivists can really learn a lot from examples like this.  Showing people at a young age about primary sources is necessary to the survival of archives. « Read the rest of this entry »

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