The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is proud to partner with HumanitiesDC and the DC Public Library in this ambitious city-wide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents and communities.
Initiated in 2016, the DC Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) responds to a growing need to preserve unrecorded Washington history that may be lost as communities experience demographic shifts, as older residents pass away, and as stories that once were written now may only live in digital media. DCOHC aims to document and preserve the stories and memories of residents by making existing oral history recordings more accessible, and giving residents the training and financial resources they need to conduct quality interviews.
The project surveys and publicizes existing oral history collections (such as those held by the Historical Society), provides grants and training for scholars and amateur historians to launch new oral history projects, and an interactive, accessible platform where the city’s memories can benefit residents and scholars for generations to come.
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After a successful pilot year, the DC Oral History Collaborative is coming back to you, the residents of Washington, DC, to report on the work of the project and to seek additional input regarding topics and/or potential interviewees. The DC Oral History Collaborative is an ambitious city-wide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents and communities through the collection of oral histories. The project will survey and publicize existing oral history collections, provide grants and training for…Find out more »
Last summer, the DC Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) partnered with 10 local organizations and individuals to produce exciting new oral history projects around the city. Join HumanitiesDC at this FREE event to find out what our community partner oral historians learned about the city through their narrators, and what they learned about oral history through the process. Projects Include: Buzzard Point Oral History Project Race and Cultural Identity in Latino DC - Collective Memory and the Mt. Pleasant Riots Black…Find out more »
Help preserve the unique stories of Washington, DC residents by applying for a DC Oral History Collaborative partnership grant! This opportunity provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations and individuals (“partners”) interested in conducting oral history projects. Potential projects may focus on: neighborhoods, social organizations, political history, labor, faith-based groups, cultural trends, historic events, or other themes that lend themselves to oral history as a tool for research and preservation. Partnership proposals will be reviewed in February, and…Find out more »