MIDDLEBURY-The Vermont Folklife Center is hosting a daylong Oral History for Community Historians workshop on Monday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. -4 p.m. at the VFC's headquarters in Middlebury. The Oral History for Community Historians workshop will include a comprehensive introduction to folklife/oral history research and will cover such topics as defining a project, finding people to interview, doing background research, developing topics to guide an interview, getting a handle on recording technique, conducting an interview, writing field notes, transcribing a recording, and translating research into public programming. Our aim is to help participants get the information and support they need to research and develop their own projects.
The VFC staff will describe the challenges that take place during field research and share vignettes from their current fieldwork as well as memorable experiences from past projects. The day will include a tour of the Folklife Center building and its archive.
This workshop is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is January 30. Registration forms and tuition information are available on line at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org or by calling (802) 388-4964. All classes are held in the Vision & Voice Workspace in the Vermont Folklife Center building at 88 Main Street in downtown Middlebury.