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Workshop Offered to Help Organizations Develop Oral History Projects

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting
the workshop “Story & History Matter: A hands-on workshop to organize & implement
an oral history project” on Wednesday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The
workshop will be held at and taught by the staff of the Grout Museum/Sullivan Brothers
Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo.

The workshop will provide a “hands on” explanation on how to organize and implement
an oral history project. The session will cover project organization/procedures;
equipment; interview organization/techniques; post interview processing/archiving;
editing/distribution; and resources/funding. Presenters will demonstrate interview
techniques along with examples of ‘right and wrong’ practices. Also discussed will be
the value and use of oral history.

“This is a great opportunity to learn how to document your community’s stories before
they are gone forever,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President. “Participants will
learn from the staff of the Grout Museum, who have conducted over 1000 interviews.”

Registration is due June 10 and limited to 30 participants. The registration fee is $45 per
person affiliated with a designated SSNHA Partner Site and $55 per person for all other
participants. Participants will receive both an interview manual and demo CD.
Registration forms are available online under the “Resources” section at

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage
areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage
Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on
the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs
and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and

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