Stanford: Stanford’s Oral History Program celebrates its 500th interview

Stanford: Stanford’s Oral History Program celebrates its 500th interview. “Thanks to the Oral History Program and its army of volunteers, Stanford may have brought the art of gathering university oral history to an entirely new level, according to program manager Natalie Marine-Street. The program, which dates to 1978 and is under the auspices of the Stanford Historical Society in partnership with the University Archives, recently celebrated its 500th interview.”

The Oral History Jukebox: A Mix Tape for the Next Generation of Oral Historians (AHA Today)

AHA Today (and this is BRILLIANT): The Oral History Jukebox: A Mix Tape for the Next Generation of Oral Historians. “I had just begun working for the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. My position, among other roles, called for teaching American history and helping to steer the StoryQuest Oral History Program’s World War II home front project. There was one challenge, however: while I had experience teaching WWII history, my background practicing and teaching oral history was limited.”

SFGate: StoryCorps’ Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders

SFGate: StoryCorps’ Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders. “StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project has announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday weekend using the StoryCorps app.”

Queen’s University Belfast: Queen’s University Launches the Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive

Queen’s University Belfast: Queen’s University Launches the Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive. “Queen’s University in partnership with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), and the Prison Memory Archive (PMA) Management Group, will today (Wednesday 29 March) launch The Visual Voices of the Prison Memory Archive project. The Prison Memory Archive is a collection of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in Northern Ireland. The unique recordings were filmed during 2006 and 2007 with prison officers, prisoners, and probation officers, discussing at length their experiences of the prison. A diverse range of other participants include relatives, teachers, chaplains, lawyers, doctors, and maintenance workers.”

Phys.org: Historic cultural records inform scientific perspectives on woodland uses

Phys.org: Historic cultural records inform scientific perspectives on woodland uses. “Scientists at the University of York and University College Cork have investigated how cultural records dating back 300 years could help improve understanding of the ways in which science interprets the many uses of woodland areas. The researchers hope that the work will give a cultural narrative to environmental data collected over time, but also give new insight into the ways in which woodland management systems can be adapted to increase a sense of ownership amongst communities that live near woodland areas.”

TechCrunch: Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

Genealogists, you might like this article from TechCrunch: Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa. “What if our photographs and social media updates could be turned into memories we – or our children – could later access just by asking a virtual assistant, like Amazon’s Alexa? That’s the premise behind a new startup called Mylestone, which is experimenting with turning our digital footprints into narratives that help us recall highlights from our lives, as well as those of our family members and other loved ones.”

Collection of Eastern Sephardic Ballads Goes Online

A new collection of Eastern Sephardic Ballads is now available online. “The Benmayor Collection of Eastern Sephardic Ballads and Other Lore is a collection of over 140 audio recordings gathered by Dr. Rina Benmayor in Seattle and Los Angeles during the 1970s. In conjunction with her visit to the University of Washington in 2014, and working together with the Sephardic Studies Program and Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, Dr. Benmayor organized, catalogued, and digitized her recordings and kindly contributed them to the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection.”