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Spring 2020 Issue

  • Remote Oral History Interviewing
  • Library of Michigan: COVID-19: Save Your Story
  • Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews
  • Vermont Folklife Center guide for remote interviewing
  • Oral History Society guide for remote interviewing
  • We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918
  • Detroit Quarantine 2020

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Winter 2020 Issue

  • MOHA 2020 Conference slate of presentations (Note: Conference Postponed due to COVID-19)
  • “A Guide for Doing Successful Oral Histories” (MOHA)
  • Preserving Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Hiltunen presents at the Finnish Oral History Network’s Annual Oral History Symposium
  • Invading Russia; A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks in 1918
  • Upper Peninsula Oral History Collection
  • The Story Behind the Bixby Marionettes
  • Transcribing Oral History Guide

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Fall 2019 Issue

  • Wiskemann Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, HSM
  • MOHA 2020 Conference Call for Proposals (Note: Conference Postponed due to COVID-19)
  • 2019 Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Family History Event
  • EMU Archives Oral History Program
  • Learning Your Equipment is nowhere near as difficult as learning to listen
  • Saving the Agricultural Heritage of the Upper Peninsula
  • Michigan History Day MOHA’s Award for Best Use of Oral History

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Summer 2019 Issue

  • Ndbaajmowinaanin: “Our Stories” (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • PAVE the Way Project Preserves Neighborhood History in Lansing
  • Future Historians Oral History Day at Michigan History Center
  • An Oral History of Women Jazz Musicians
  • The Archives of American Art’s Oral History Style Guide
  • Romanies in Michigan
  • Missing Information: Going Beyond Your Oral History Interview
  • MSU’s Faculty Grievance Procedure: A Half-Century of a Non-union System for Resolving Faculty Grievances History

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Spring 2019 Issue

  • Critical Lifelines: Portraits and Stories of Home Care Workers
  • The Schizophrenia Oral History Project
  • Michigan Political History Society’s James J. Blanchard Living Library of Michigan Political History
  • Studs Terkel, Radio Talk Show Host and Oral Historian
  • Using Oral History in Museums and Libraries

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MOHA 2020 Conference

Cancelled due to COVID!

It was supposed to be on May 16, 2020 at the Michigan Library and Historical Center Lansing

This unique conference offers a diverse slate of
presentations representing a variety of personal and
institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices.

Fascinating and useful presentations were to include:

  • Alienation and Belonging in the Oral Histories of Michigan Iranian Americans
  • Creating, Promoting, and Growing a University Archives Oral History Program
  • Using Oral Histories to Family Genealogy
  • Capturing Ethnic Communities
  • Incorporating Oral Histories in the College Classroom
  • The Detroit/Southern Michigan Punk Scene
  • Capturing Oral History Through a Museum

“Michigan Voices 2017”

The Michigan Voices 2017 took place in the Michigan History Center on October 21st, 2017,

“Michigan Voices 2017” brought together oral history practitioners from across the region. This was an opportunity to
keep abreast with a wide range of other developments and experiences, as well as advice from experts.

Presenters were invited to discuss their oral history research and projects in a series of brief, “lightning” talks, offering opportunities to share their own work. A wide range of previous topics included training middle school through college
students, experiences of Hmong Americans, issues of transcribing, newest technologies supporting oral interviews, 50-year church history, and reflections on lessons learned during the creation of oral history projects.

The Michigan Oral History Association’s (MOHA) “Michigan Voices” also provided a
fantastic chance to network with the region’s oral history community.

The “Voices” event was free of charge. Coffee and bagels were provided during the meeting,
though lunch will not be included. Instead, MOHA had a gathering at a local restaurant where people chatted, ate, drank, and networked after the event.

Request a Presentation

Need a 30-90 minute presentation for your local historical society museum, archives, or genealogical society? MOHA  will tailor a presentation to fit your schedule and address the oral history topics of your choice.

For help in planning a MOHA Presentation please contact

Request A Workshop

Workshops are tailored to meet the specific needs of your audience. Common topics presented:the importance of oral histories, how to organize a project, how to conduct oral histories, technology, forms to use, best practices, and archiving your oral histories. Workshops can be 1/2 or full day sessions.

For help in planning a MOHA Workshop please contact

2016 Michigan Oral History Association (MOHA) Annual Forum

The Michigan Oral History Association (MOHA) Annual Forum was held November 19, 2016 bringing
together oral history practitioners and those interested in developing oral history projects.

Sessions included:

  • basics of conducting an oral history project,
  • the latest technology involved in conducting projects,
  • oral history in the classroom,
  • descriptions of projects that capture “authentic voices.”

A networking luncheon followed the program to allow participants to connect, report on projects,
and share ideas.

The registration fee of $25 included the Forum, all materials, and a box lunch. Registration was online at

Opening Reception of the Forum was held at the 2016 Summit on Racism, “Understanding Racial Equity;
Transforming our Community,” sponsored by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) on November 18 at 4:45 pm at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

A Summit session featured the value of oral histories.

Also included in the SHARE Summit:

  • Deeper look at racial equity and how it applies to our communit• Working with Youth
  • Tools for Workplaces
  • Examples of oral history projects where people of color have taken control of a narrative, and thus restore authentic identity to the individual
  • Kalamazoo College Alumni of Color Oral History Project
  • Yemeni personal experiences and family histories

Wayne State University

Walter P. Reuther Library

Houses the Archives of Labor and Urban affairs. Its collection of interviews with union labor leaders is extensive.

Library of Congress

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service that include from World War I to the present day. In addition, U.S. civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts are also included.

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Contains over thirty years of interviews with Holocaust survivors. Provides both audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews.

Equipment and Recording Suggestions

If you are looking for equipment or recording suggestions for your Oral History project, please do not hesitate to make use of the following document prepared by member Rick Peiffer for the 2016 Oral History Forum.

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Oral History Association

Since 1966, the Oral History Association has served as the principal membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. OHA engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for oral history and oral historians. With an international membership, OHA serves a broad and diverse audience including teachers, students, community historians, archivists, librarians, and filmmakers.

National Park Service

Park History Program

The National Park service provides resources and interviews regarding the history of the nation’s National Parks.

Minnesota Historical Society

Voices of Minnesota

Concentrating on the history of Minnesota, the oral histories in the collection cover a wide range of topics.

Michigan State University

MATRIX: Oral History in the Digital Age

Oral History in the Digital Age provides a collection of articles, videos, and guides to the transitions facing Oral History scholars today.

The G. Robert Vine Voice Library

The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is the largest academic voice library in the United States. It houses recordings from more than 50,000 persons.


H-Oralhist is a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history. It is affiliated with the Oral History Association.

Detroit 67 Oral History Project

The Detroit 1967 Oral and Written History Project collects stories and memories of Metro Detroiters that relate to their lives and experiences before, during, and after the unrest of July 1967.