Want to be a part of this community project? Below is more information on the nature of oral histories, along with a link to our full guide on them, that includes sample interview questions and guidelines for how to go about completing your own oral history.
SO WHAT IS AN ORAL HISTORY
An oral history is an audio recording of an interview with a person (or persons) who have personal knowledge of past events. Often they focus in on specific neighborhoods or communities with rich stories to tell. They are focused on getting the personal side of history, the stories the history books do not always tell.
AND HOW DO YOU DO ONE
We have prepared a step-by-step guide to performing oral histories within the Westview community. We’ve included sample questions to get you started as well. All of this has been developed over time, through readings and across conversations, but mostly it’s been tested by us. We have been successful, and you will be too. Download our step-by-step guide: Westview Oral History Protocol Guide.pdf. We also have an interview release form which you can use: Interview Release Form.docx.