“Inviting You Into My World” and the Practice of Editing Vernacular Language

“Use your judgement” is a resounding theme in the practice of editing oral histories for publication. The academic work of interpreting oral histories relies heavily on one’s ethical and academic principles. It also depends on the purpose and audience of one’s project. Ultimately, oral historians must ask themselves, how do I want to portray my […]

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Earlier this year I previewed NMAH’s new exhibit, American Enterprise. The space was modern, dynamic, and most notably, interactive. During my visit, I encountered one digital screen that was explained to me as a first-person role playing game about American settlers. “Oh, like Oregon Trail,” I commented. “Yes, exactly!” It struck me that mimicking the formula […]

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Expressing Oral History

The great strength of oral history is its ability to record memories in a way that honors the dignity and integrity of ordinary people. – Mary Marshall Clark, Co-Director of Columbia University’s Oral History Program What is oral history? Before participating in Dr. Dan Kerr’s oral history course at American University I felt confident in […]

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Going Mobile

A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project predicts that by 2020, mobile devices will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world. What does this mean for history museums?

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