“Doing” Oral History & Comments on SEJ Oral History Workshop

I found that the workshop I did on oral history at the SEJ Preservation weekend seemed to be well received. Either that or we have some very courteous folk who pretended to enjoy it. I wish to assume the former.

I was particularly pleased that some folk seemed to take to heart my belief that oral history is not just a means of recording people’s memories of the past, (as in recording a 90 year old man’s memories of being 10 years old,) but also a means of documenting the present for future generations, (as in recording a 10 year old boy’s thoughts on what it is like to be 10 years old; than trying to preserve it for 80 years.) This approach deals with part of why historians of some schools of thought do not accept oral history as legitimate evidence. (I will cover the value of oral history as evidence at another time, either here or some other place to which I will provide a link.)

During the weekend several attendees asked if I would provide them with my PowerPoint presentation, access to tutorials I have done or am doing, and be available to answer questions regarding oral history, particularly as it applies to the church. The answer in each case was, of course, “yes.” Since others have asked similar questions, including readers of this blog, I will try to use this as a forum for some such material; or at least to provide a pathway to such material I may produce or have produced. The blog will also be a good place for me to provide links to other, more experienced sources than myself.

I hope that some of you with ideas on oral history and its many uses (or lack thereof) will comment here, or will seek to become a part of the Tennessee Methodist History Ning social network (http://tnumchistorians.ning.com) and start or add to forums. It is for “members” only and membership must be authorized, but this is mostly a formality just to make it possible to assertively suggest that those who abuse the network find another place to do their business. You may request an invitation. If the main page does not give you the option to join, feel free to e-mail me at archivist@tnumc.org.

Jim

Tn Conf. Archivist

 

Jim Havron currently serves as archivist of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. The opinions expressed, however, are his own, unless otherwise stated. His education and experience is in history with additional focus on public history, archives and museums, and with research and practice focusing on religious history, oral history, user advocacy and where the craft of history meets technology. He can be reached at archivist@tnumc.org. He also blogs at other sites (his own and as guest or designated blogger,) under both his own name and pseudonyms.

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Back From SEJ History Preservation Workshop

I just returned from the biannual SEJ History Preservation Workshop where I presented a workshop on doing oral history that focused on how one does a project, how one preserves older histories, and various uses for such projects/histories. There were also workshops on dealing with electronic records, basic conservation and writing a church history. I think the economy (plus a couple of landslides on some of the main routes to Lake Junaluska) reduced the number of attendees this year, but we still had good programs. I was very impressed with clossing worship. It focused on remembrance and particularly created an impact on my wife.

I was unable to attend the meeting of the SEJ Commission on Archives and History due to a commitment I was unable to escape. We were not able to obtain a replacement, so the Tennessee Conference was not represented at that meeting. I did, however, get a summary of part of the meeting and a promise of notes on the rest; all of which I will post here when I have them.

Please remember:

Although I have to “okay” a comment to for it to appear on this blog, I only filter them for spam or inappropriate (as in vulgar, not disagreeing with my point of view) comments. I welcome input. I do request that if you disagree with my point of view on something that you document your reasons whenever possible.

 

Also remember that, although this blog is not “official” in that it is not run by the church or on a church site, I established it to be a forum in my capacity as Conference Archivist and therefore avoid, whenever possible, publishing personal views that are excessively controversial. There are other places where I do this and will often provide links to such places so people who read this blog may have a chance to jump right into the discussion. (Note: Everything I have put out on the Internet and elsewhere is not under my own name. I have been known to publish pseudonymously.)

Jim

Tn Conf. Archivist

 

Jim Havron currently serves as archivist of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. The opinions expressed, however, are his own, unless otherwise stated. His education and experience is in history with additional focus on public history, archives and museums, and with research and practice focusing on religious history, oral history, user advocacy and where the craft of history meets technology. He can be reached at archivist@tnumc.org. He also blogs at other sites (his own and as guest or designated blogger,) under both his own name and pseudonyms.

 

Event- Keeping the Faith: Family History Research in Nashville’s Religious Archives

The form for this is here.

If you don’t have time to get the form in, email Jim at archivist@tnumc.org by the deadline and he will call the organizer and get you on the list.
Keeping the Faith: Family History Research in Nashville’s Religious Archives
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Bellevue YMCA
The cost is only $5.00 and includes a boxed lunch. Speakers include McGarvey Ice (Disciples of Christ Historical Society); Taffey Hall (Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives); Greg Poole (Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee); Jim Havron (Tennessee Methodist Conference Archives); Jim Hoobler (Downtown Presbyterian Church); Carol Hansen (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Center); Mary A.E. Dickerson (African American Records); and Annette Ratkin (Jewish Federation Library and Archives). To register, complete the lower portion of the informational flyer and mail, along with $5.00 for lunch, to Taffey Hall / SBHLA / 901 Commerce Street, #400 / Nashville, TN 37203. Registration deadline is October 23.

Jim

Update:  Google Map link to YMCA, which is at 8101 HWY 100, Nashville (Bellevue) 37221:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=bellevue+ymca+nashville+tn&ie=UTF8&hq=bellevue+ymca&hnear=Nashville,+TN&ll=36.04667,-86.953869&spn=0.048925,0.076475&z=14&iwloc=A

SINGFEST AT THE STROTHER MEETING HOUSE-Nashville

Event Announcement.  Strother is the reassembled log house that hosted the first meeting of a Methodist Conference west of the Alleghenies in 1802, Francis Asbury presiding .

SCARRITT BENNETT CENTER

1008 18th AVENUE SOUTH

NASHVILLE, TN

JOIN US!

SINGFEST AT THE MEETING HOUSE

Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4PM

A free outdoor concert on Scarritt-Bennett’s lawn at the historic Strother’s Meeting House

Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the music of:

CHOIRS: Edgehill United Methodist Church, East End United Methodist Church,

Unity Missionary Baptist Church  GROUPS: Altonettes, Joe Lee Trio, Kindling Stone and more

SONG LEADER: Marilyn Thornton, Emery United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro

PIANIST: Steve Lindsey, Edgehill United Methodist Church

There will be lots of congregational singing of familiar hymns

In the event of rain, Singfest will be held in Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Fondren Hall

Collection Care Workshop in Cookville

This is one of a series of workshops being conducted by the State Museum and State Library and Archives. Great stuff that, if not grant funded, would cost some $$ to attend. Tell your friends about it.

It will be Wed. Aug 5, 2009 from 9:30-3:30 at TN Tech’s Volpe Library

Advance registration is required as space is limited.

Contact: Heather.adkins@tennessee.gov (615-741-2997) or strawberry.luck@tennessee.gov (615-741-2692)

Here is the info and registration PDF form:    Cookville_Workshop

Spring/Summer 2009 Workshops in East TN

This was sent to me by a conservation professional and member of the Society of Tennessee Archivists. Sounds interesting and the price is good for those of you in East TN:

The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City Tennessee will host 3 collections care workshops in June.  To register for any of the workshops call (423) 439 – 8084 or (800) 222 – 3878.

Collections Management Workshop: June 1, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The workshop costs $50 (Includes materials, morning refreshments, and lunch) and will be led by Myers Brown, Curator of Extension Services, Tennessee State Museum. Limited seating. Limited seating. First come, first serve. Registration must be paid by May 18.

This workshop will deliver hands-on experience for staff and volunteers of local public museums, local history associations, and owners of private collections and museums.  Attendees will also learn basic standards of good practice for managing collections, including processing, cataloguing, proper archival storage, and basic conversation techniques.  Each participant will be provided a box of archival materials for use during the workshop and for take-home. 

Family Collections and Scrapbooks Workshop: June 8, 2009, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Workshop costs $35 (includes materials) and will be led by Carol Roberts, Director of Preservation Services, Tennessee State Library and Archives, and Amber Barfield, Documents Conservator, Tennessee State Library and Archives. Limited seating. First come, first serve. Registration must be paid by May 25.

This workshop will deliver hands-on experience for community residents and students.  Attendees will also learn basic archival standards of good practice for preserving and caring for personal and family collections such as photographs, letters, diaries, journals, business papers, and scrapbooks.  Topics will include proper archival storage, basic conservation techniques, and modern scrapbooking methods within archival standards for preservation.

Textile Care Workshop: June 22, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Workshop costs $35 (includes materials and refreshment) and will be led by Myers Brown, Curator of Extension Services, Tennessee State Museum. Limited seating. First come, first serve. Registration must be paid by June 8.

This workshop will deliver hands-on experience for community residents and students who are interested in the preservation of personal textile collections, such as quilts, clothing, and table linens.  Attendees will also learn basic museum standards of good practice for preserving and caring for personal textiles, including proper cleaning, archival storage, and basic conservation techniques.

To register call (423) 439 – 8084 or (800) 222 – 3878

For More Information Call (423) 439 – 4392