Category Archives: Forums

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

MOHA forum: What’s happening in Oral History in the State of Michigan 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Michigan Oral History Association hosted a forum on recent projects and activities in Oral History from around the state. There were both official reports from MOHA members as well as an open discussion. The Forum was free and a box lunch was included. Participants were asked to register by November 4th, 2015.

Featured reports included:

  • Jim Cameron, Social Studies Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
  • Donna Odom, Executive Director, SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity)
  • Rick Peiffer, Unit Engineer, Michigan State University
  • John Revitte, Emeritus Professor, Michigan State University
  • Karen Schaumann-Beltran, Associate Professor, Schoolcraft College
  • Geneva Wiskemann, Former State Archivist, Lansing

Open Discussion: Share your ideas on interview techniques, interview protocols,
recording methods, special challenges, project possibilities.

The annual membership meeting of the Michigan Oral History Association (MOHA) followed the Forum, with election of 2016-2018 Board of Directors and officers.