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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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