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The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indian

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) hosted an Oral History workshop conducted by MOHA, with presentations by Board members Billy Wall-Winkel and Cam Amin, both with experience and expertise in conducting oral history projects. Workshop participants were provided information on interview skills and a discussion on how to tackle a community oral history project. LTBB received a Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their project Ndbaajmowinaanin (which translates to “Our Stories” In Anishinaabemowin.

For the full content of this article see the Summer 2019 Issue.

LGBTQ Oral Histories

In Wayne State University’s course, Oral History in the School of Information Sciences, graduate students have been interviewing LGBTQ Detroit leaders since 2016. In that time, Kim Schroeder’s class (Coordinator, Archival Program, Lecturer and Career Advisor, and MOHA Board member) has had the privilege of interviewing all types of activists in the community including founders of a trans support group (Trans Sistas of Color), doctors working with the LGBTQ community during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, an activist assuring fair housing for AIDS patients, publishers of gay newsletters, and many activists working in a myriad of ways to support the community. These oral histories were part of an exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum.

For the full content of this article see the Fall 2019 Issue.

The Schizophrenia Oral History Project

The Schizophrenia Oral History Project is an archive of life stories of persons with schizophrenia. Narrators are women and men with schizophrenia who are sharing their lives in an effort to increase understanding and reduce stigma related to mental illness. Their stories reveal not only their struggles, but their remarkable courage and resilience, their hopes, dreams and talents, and their concern for others.

For the full content of this article see Spring 2019 Issue.

Critical Lifelines: Portraits and Stories of Home Care Workers

Personal Care Aide Henrietta Ivey
Khalid Ibrahim Photographer

Critical Lifelines: Portraits and Stories of Home Care Workers. Michigan State
University received a fellowship from the Library of Congress American Folklife
Center to capture the stories of 30 Personal Care Workers across Michigan through
in-depth interviews and photographs. This oral history project is proving to be an
important vehicle for raising public and legislator awareness of a major public
health issue and strategies for addressing the issue. The photographs and stories
have been archived in the Library of Congress for future use by the public and
researchers interested in workforce issues.

The full text of this story can be found Spring 2019 Issue

Asian Pacific American Community

Efforts by the City of Holland and the Herrick District Library to more fully serve Holland’s diverse communities led to collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Latin Americans United for Progress and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Oral histories with Hispanic residents were collected as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Partners then launched a similar project focusing on collecting portraits and oral histories from Asian-Pacific Americans. These became a permanent part of the Herrick District Library’s genealogy collections.

This complete article can be found in the Summer 2016 Issue.

The Black Voices in the Copper Country

Derhun Sanders poses with MOHA Board member Lindsay Hiltunen at the
Michigan TechArchives after participating in the Black Voices oral history project 7

Derhun Sanders is a member of the Board of Trustees of Michigan Technological University as well as an alumnus.

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections collected oral histories for the Black Voices in the Copper Country project. The Black Voices oral history project is part of an award-winning research project to investigate the social and cultural history of the Upper Peninsula and Michigan Tech. University Archivist Lindsay Hiltunen presented on the Black Voices oral history project as well as methodology and best practices for collecting under represented voices through oral history at the National Council on Public History annual meeting in 2018.