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Learn how to record your family’s stories for future generations

By ThisIsReno


Nevadans have rich and diverse lives and fascinating family heritages. Now, those who would like to record the memories of friends and family members can get guidance from the University of Nevada Oral History Program at workshops 1 – 3 p.m., April 17, May 1 and June 12 at the University’s Joe Crowley Student Union.

These three identical workshops will provide direction on how to record oral histories of family and friends in order to preserve their stories for future generations. Topics will include how to prepare for an interview, how to generate interview questions, how to conduct the interview, what recording equipment to use, and what might be done with completed recordings.

“Interest in oral history has been rising in recent years with the increasing popularity of genealogy, Web sites like Ancestry.com, and radio programs such as StoryCorps,” said the program’s director, Alicia Barber. “Recording the firsthand recollections of family and friends is one of the most effective ways to ensure that our community’s history is preserved and passed along.”

To attend one of the workshops, call 775-784-6932 to register. The fee is $20 for one person or $30 for two people attending together. Payment can be made by credit card over the phone, or by cash or check on the day of attendance. Free parking is available at the Brian Whalen Parking Garage. For more information, call 775-784-6932 or go to http://oralhistory.unr.edu/.

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