Three-Session Workshop for Collectors of Oral History and Folklife
The Oral History Committee of the Solebury Township Historical Society (STHS) invites the community to collect Solebury Township's "everyday" history and life experiences from the folks who live here. Every property and family has a story worth sharing and saving. Walk or bike along the winding roads creeks of Solebury under the towering trees...glance across a ﬁeld or farm...ever wonder who lived there or who built that place or worked that farm? Honor someone's memory by preserving their story. Do you have a neighbor who remembers a place before there was a building on it or who went to school here years ago? Solebury Township is over 300 years old, and there are many stories worth preserving for future generations.
Session 1 on April 23 will introduce you to the process of ﬁeldwork including deﬁnitions, project development, recording equipment, professional ethics, and planning your interview(s). We will be planning projects as a group, and you will have the opportunity to develop your own project (e.g., a series of interviews with your grandmother regarding her time in the military) or choose to develop interviews that fit the STHS Oral History Community Survey.
Session 2 on April 30 will help you prepare for your ﬁrst ﬁeld experience. We will discuss pre-ﬁeld research, the ﬁne art of taking ﬁeld notes, developing your list of questions, interview techniques, forms you need to use for legal protection both interviewer and interviewee, and any other questions you may have. If you have
your own project, great! If not, we'll match you up with one of our potential interviewees. And then we turn you loose into the field!
Session 3 on May 7 will give all of us an opportunity to discuss our experiences in the ﬁeld, and how and where to preserve your ﬁeld eﬀorts either personally or in our archives, or even elsewhere.
You will receive printed copies of both the Smithsonian and the American Folklife Center booklets at the workshop.