Neos Kosmos: Greek survivors voice painful memories of the German occupation

Neos Kosmos: Greek survivors voice painful memories of the German occupation. “When contemporary witnesses speak of their experiences during the WW2 German invasion and occupation of Greece between 1941 and 1944, history comes alive. Before an online video archive of their voices could be made by historians of both countries a lot of persuasion work was needed because the resource was co-funded by the German government.”

State Archives of North Carolina: Defining Oral History – Part II

State Archives of North Carolina: Defining Oral History – Part II. “In addition to the intimate relationship between narrator and interviewer, one of the most important aspects of oral history that sets it apart from other story-gathering and story-sharing tools is that it is intended to live on and it is the responsibility of an Archives (or other repository) to have a plan for that.”

Washington Post: ‘Heroes, right?’

Washington Post: ‘Heroes, right?’. “Nobody wants to know about what I do. People might pay us lip service and say we’re heroes, but our stories aren’t the kind anyone actually wants to hear about. Kids in this country grow up with toy firetrucks, or maybe playing cops and robbers, but who dreams of becoming a paramedic? That’s ambulances. That’s death and vulnerability — the scary stuff. We’re taught in this culture to shun illness like it’s something shameful. We’d rather pretend everything’s fine. We look the other way.”

CNET: Turn Grandma’s memories into a podcast with the Saga app

CNET: Turn Grandma’s memories into a podcast with the Saga app. “The new Saga audio app is a way for families to record and save the life stories of loved ones. The app, released generally Tuesday, sends weekly prompts to the people you choose, asking a question like ‘How did you meet grandpa?’ or ‘What was your journey to America like?’ From there, the family member records answers by dialing a special phone number. The stories are automatically shared with you and your family on the app, regardless of location. The best part? No smartphone needed.”

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project . “Veterans of both world wars and their families are invited to share their stories with the Military Museum Scotland for a new project. ‘Boots on the Ground’ will record video interviews for a DVD to teach children about first-hand accounts of the wars in schools around the UK.”

Oral history project delves into National Guardsmen’s perspectives 50 years after Kent State: David Strittmatter (Cleveland .com)

Cleveland .com: Oral history project delves into National Guardsmen’s perspectives 50 years after Kent State: David Strittmatter. “[May 4th] marks 50 years since members of the Ohio National Guard fired their M-1 rifles into hundreds of innocent, unarmed students protesting President Richard Nixon’s incursion into Cambodia. But, has that often-repeated narrative of the Kent State shootings been fair to the National Guard? The answer — or, better put, the various answers — to that question are being collected from members of the Ohio Army National Guard who were in Kent on that fateful day a half century ago.”

Europeana Pro: Exploring cultural heritage through oral history

Europeana Pro: Exploring cultural heritage through oral history. “Memories of Occupation in Greece is a project supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft Foundation and Freie Universität Berlin. The project collected and archived audiovisual testimonies on the German occupation of Greece (1941-44). To this end, a total of 93 interviews were conducted in Greece with witnesses of the period, including members of resistance organisations, hidden children, Jewish Shoah survivors, prisoners of concentration camps, witnesses to retaliation, and other individuals who experienced the painful period in various ways. The interviews were digitised and made accessible in a trilingual web portal and are available for research, educational and training purposes.”

FOX Illinois: Illinois State Museum collecting COVID-19 stories

FOX Illinois: Illinois State Museum collecting COVID-19 stories. “The Museum wants Illinois residents to share stories that reflect their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the benefit of future generations. The stories will be collected through the Illinois State Museum’s Share your Story: Illinois in the COVID-19 Pandemic collecting initiative.”

Slate: “I Would Just Love to Put My Arms Around Everybody”

Slate: “I Would Just Love to Put My Arms Around Everybody”. “Two years ago, I talked to Gertrude Johnson Howard—who is now 84 years old and lives in Phoenix—for Slate’s ‘Interview With an Old Person’ series. (It’s exactly what it sounds like.) Our conversation stuck with me because of Johnson Howard’s candor, vivid memories, and spirited optimism. In this moment of widespread uncertainty and fear, as older people are being told with particular urgency to stay indoors and isolated, I checked back in to see how she was processing everything. This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.”

Milwaukee: UWM Archive is Chronicling Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Experience for History

Milwaukee: UWM Archive is Chronicling Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Experience for History. “The site’s goal is to memorialize how Milwaukee experienced this global pandemic. Cantwell and one of his classes have taken on the task of curating submissions and material for the collection. They are enlisting the help of every Milwaukeean who wants to contribute something to the archive, be it photographs of shuttered businesses, notifications from employers, personal stories, examples of social distancing in the community, and anything else that records the strange times around us.”

Variety: Grammy Museum to Bring Artist Programs Online, Starting With Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Yola

Variety: Grammy Museum to Bring Artist Programs Online, Starting With Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Yola. “Included in the initial rollout from the archives: nine programs featuring Eilish with her brother Finneas, Carlile, Yola, Bob Newhart, Greta Van Fleet, Kool and the Gang, X Ambassadors, Larkin Poe and Scarypoolparty, many of them recorded in the last few months. All were filmed at the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater inside the museum, located in the LA Live complex.”

Cache Valley Daily: USU Extension and USU Libraries launch digital library focused on opioid crisis

Cache Valley Daily: USU Extension and USU Libraries launch digital library focused on opioid crisis. “The Utah State University Extension Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, & Teaching (HEART) Initiative, in partnership with USU Libraries, recently launched a digital library collection featuring stories from people affected by the opioid crisis.”

SFYOU: Meet the professor engineering the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony, Elise Chenier (The Peak)

The Peak: SFYOU: Meet the professor engineering the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony, Elise Chenier. “It’s likely that the majority of people reading this have not heard about something called the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (ALOT). The brainchild of Elise Chenier, an oral historian and professor at SFU, ALOT was founded in 2010 and is primarily a digital collection of audio and video recordings centring around people who have identified as lesbian at some point in their lives. The goal of ALOT is to bring to light both lesbian and queer women histories that mainstream history has largely overlooked.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Leading AI Scholars Featured in New Oral Archive

Carnegie Mellon University: Leading AI Scholars Featured in New Oral Archive. “[Illah] Nourbakhsh and [Jennifer] Keating have captured the thoughts of some leading AI scholars in a new oral archive that became available online this year. It includes video and transcripts from 22 people, including MIT’s Daniela Rus, Harvard University’s Barbara Grosz and Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz, as well as a number of CMU faculty members such as Martial Hebert, David Danks, Mark Kamlet, Tuomas Sandholm and Jim Herbsleb.”