Dear OHA attendees,
Washington College’s National Home Front Project warmly welcomes you to stop by our exhibit table at the 2018 Oral History Association Annual Meeting! We are also actively seeking new community partners for our project and would be glad to schedule one-on-one meetings at the conference.
The National Home Front Project is a major new grassroots initiative under the leadership of historians at Washington College. We have found that histories of World War II too often omit the experiences of “home front heroes”: the men, women, and children who bought bonds, built planes, endured sacrifices, and kept families together while loved ones served on the front lines. As our result, our project is working with individuals, communities, and organizations across the U.S. to record audio interviews with men and women born in or before 1940 who remember wartime America.
Over the past year, we ran a pilot partnership program that trained new interviewers and archived pre-existing home front oral histories. We are continuing to help communities collect these essential World War II stories, and are including them in a nationwide archive to be preserved and shared with future generations. Our staff provides guidance and resources for our partners, interviewers, and narrators alike.
Through the contributions of our student interns, community partners, and institutional collaborators, the National Home Front Project now has a collection of nearly 300 interviews—and growing! We are delighted to share our revamped website (www.nationalhomefrontproject.org), new interview guides, and some customized giveaways at the conference.
We would love to hear from individuals and groups who would like to join this effort. We’re also gathering names of potential narrators nationwide, as well as information on existing oral history recordings. Please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more about our project or schedule a time to meet up at the conference.
We are excited to collaborate with oral historians across the U.S. and beyond, who share a similar passion for intergenerational dialogue and an urgency for recording these lesser-known stories of World War II. Thanks for your support and see you in Montréal!
Oral Historian, StoryQuest Program
Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
Washington College | Custom House
101 South Water Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
t: +1 (410) 810-5772