Story Preservation Initiative will be conducting an oral history training workshop for the Nantucket Historical Association in January.
The workshop will focus on the techniques and technical know-how necessary for NHA volunteers to create meaningful oral histories, exploring the history, ethnographic diversity, and cultural richness of the Island.
The NHA collection will, as it develops, contain the voices and stories of those who have for decades called Nantucket their home, extending back as far as possible with a look to the early to mid 1900s. What was life like when the Island was primarily a fishing and agricultural community? What role did residents of the island play during WWII? What immigrant groups migrated there during this time frame and what role did they play in shaping the character of Nantucket? Effective interviewing techniques will be discussed as part of the content phase of the workshop.
Gerry Putnam the principal of Story Preservation Initiative’s partner sound studio, CedarHouse Sound and Mastering, will be joining me, leading the group through discussions centering on the proper use of equipment and touching on the importance of editing for clarity and ‘listenability.’
Other community workshops are in the offing. In the meantime, we continue to develop our own collection with more than half a dozen upcoming recording dates scheduled.