The largest collection of Superstorm Sandy Oral Histories was released recently at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, NJ. Anthropology Professor Edward Gonzalez-Tennant and his students collected and transcribed nearly 30 oral histories from residents impacted by the worst natural disaster ever to hit New Jersey.
Dr. Gonzalez-Tennant is presenting an oral history workshop focusing on the recording of personal histories. The recording of personal histories is increasingly viewed by researchers and members of the public as a vital source of information regarding the past. Everyone has a story to tell, and oral history recognizes the importance of personal experiences in understanding our shared past. This workshop will introduce participants to the standard methods of oral history and will include a discussion of interviewing techniques, pointers for collecting personal stories, and a discussion on the use of digital recorders in oral history. An overview of the transcription process will also be presented. For more information on the Superstorm Sandy Oral History Project, visit https://library.monmouth.edu/main/content/oral-histories-about-super-storm-sandy.
When: Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Upper Shores Library, 112 Jersey City Avenue, Lavalette, NJ
Contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507