The Purpose of the organization is to provide a vehicle for communication among persons, programs, and institutions using oral testimony; to encourage cooperation among its members; to promote standards among oral historians, to foster an understanding of and use of oral history; to provide guidance to projects; to create educational programs and resources; to aid in securing financial funding for members' projects.

Caryll, Joyce, Marcie, and Tensia at Del Mar planning SOHA 2015

Caryll, Joyce, Marcie, and Tensia
at Del Mar planning SOHA 2015

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Caryll's Message

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Caryll Dziedziak, SOHA President

Greetings to our members and a warm welcome to new members!

ORGANIZE! ORGANIZE! ORGANIZE! No, we are not forming a new social movement. It’s much more basic than that! Over the past year, we have been very busy organizing years of SOHA files, cleaning up our Membership Directory, expanding the scope of our newsletters, updating our website, and increasing our intra-organizational communication. And a big “thanks” for much of this work goes to our new Graduate Assistant, Stefani Evans. So, as we approach the close of 2014, the SOHA Board feels as though we’ve finally tidied up our “cluttered desk!”

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It Takes a Village: Building Community through Oral History
Del Mar, California

Exciting Pre-conference Workshop!

Join Nancy MacKay, Mary Kay Quinlan, and Barbara W. Sommer in an exciting Pre-conference event, the Community Oral History Workshop, which will be held 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Del Mar Branch Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, California 92014.

MacKay, Quinlan, and Sommer authored the Community Oral History Toolkit, the five-volume "definitive guide to all aspects of conducting successful community oral history." Registration for this event is separate from that of the SOHA conference and does not require attendees to register for the SOHA conference. SOHA invites all who attend the Community Oral History Workshop to join us for the Opening Reception, which will be held at the Powerhouse Community Center after the workshop concludes.

PAUL-ORTIZ-photo.png SOHA is honored to announce that Dr. Paul Ortiz, President of the Oral History Association and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida, will deliver the Plenary Address to the SOHA Annual Conference on Saturday, March 21, at 9:00 am at L'Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.

Our Institutional Home

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Pleased direct all SOHA correspondence to:

Southwest Oral History Association
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 455020
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5020
Office: 702-895-5011

Professional Networking

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We at SOHA strongly advocate professional networking and development. Follow and Like us at our RE-invigorated Facebook page, our new Twitter feed (SWoralhistory), and our new Pinterest site (SWoral) to stay current on the latest SOHA news!

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Educator Awards

The Southwest Oral History Association is pleased to announce the SOHA Oral History Educator Awards.  These annual awards will honor the individuals and/or projects in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico that best represent the exemplary use of oral history as an educational methodology at elementary and secondary levels.

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