Oral History Day 2016

Students Tori Rousey and Emma Roach-Barrette work on OHD projects.

Much like last year, the second annual Kentucky Oral History Day, held on October 27th, was packed full of all things oral history. The rich memories from last year's events were present in planning our participation in this year festivities. Our activities highlighted the behind the scenes activities that support the William H. Berge Oral History Center's ongoing pursuit of improving our extensive oral history collection's accessibility.
 
Led by our Oral Historian, Neil Kasiak, our student employees, Emma Roach-Barrette and Tori Rousey both took time from their regular duties to learn the pertinent skills that support oral history curation and access. While Tori was trained on digitization techniques, Emma reviewed existing transcripts for the Blue Diamond/Stearns Coal Mining Strike Project. Both their efforts and knowledge will be channeled towards our ongoing use of Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS).
 
This past year's efforts appropriately culminated on Oral History Day with a three part documentary premiere of films that were conceptualized, filmed, and produced by EKU faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The premiere event was a great success with abundant attendance. The overall spirit of Kentucky Oral History Day truly left us on a good note.
 
Kentucky Oral History Day exemplifies the type of historical preservation spirit that the state of Kentucky is internationally known for, and it was an honor to participate in yet another activity that is unique to the Commonwealth. We can't wait to see what the next year brings to our oral history program. If this past year's successes are any indicator, the future appears bright. See you all on Oral History Day in 2017!