Oral History Summary Writing Workshop for BLACC Collection with OHSS and SBK


Program Description: In this workshop, we will share three interviews from the Black Legacy Association of Columbia County (BLACC) collection of oral histories and seek participants’ input and assistance creating summaries for the interviews. This workshop is offered in collaboration with Oral History Summer School (OHSS) and SBK Social Justice Center.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 3-6pm

Registration: Space is limited. To register, please email info@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

The BLACC collection features over 20 interviews collected between 1987 and 1989 by staff and volunteers of the now-defunct Retired Senior Volunteer Program, as part of a research program that sought to reveal contributions made by the local black community from slavery to present time. Ownership of this collection was generously transferred from Columbia Opportunities to our library in 2018.

In 2019, we were awarded a grant in collaboration with OHSS to digitize the BLACC collection and to create interplay between this collection, the library’s oral history collection, and the 500+ life histories in the OHSS collection. This is the first public workshop in a series of workshops and opportunities that we are planning for 2020 and 2021.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries grant. To learn more about IMLS, visit www.imls.gov.

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