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November 2013

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Giving Voice: Interpreting & Preserving Oral Histories

Presented by:  The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Brief Description: With countless advances made in audiovisual technology during the 20th century, libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies, as well as families and individuals, set out to capture the stories of the past through recordings.  This oral history material was preserved using magnetic recording tapes, film, and digital formats—many now obsolete.  While of great value and worthy of preservation, any oral history material in a collection should be considered at-risk until an institution conscientiously develops strategies to preserve it. 

This national conference, intended for archivists, librarians, collections managers, and any other collections staff working with oral histories, brings together noted historians and preservation experts to discuss best practices and methods for capturing and sharing oral histories.  

For more information and to register, please click here

Funding for this program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Independence Foundation, and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Location: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Speakers:  George Blood: President, George Blood Audio and Video
Charles Hardy III: Professor of History, West Chester University
Bertram Lyons: Folklife Specialist / Digital Assets Manager, Library of Congress American Folklife Center
Joyce Hill Stoner: Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture, University of Delaware (UD)
Paintings Conservator, Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation
Director, UD Preservation Studies Doctoral Program
Sady Sullivan: Director of Oral History, Brooklyn Historical Society 

Fee(s): $95 CCAHA members / $110 Non-members