Building Community Through Oral History in Kingston

Jo Radner

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.  Collecting community stories helps create connections, preserve history, and foster a deeper understanding of the town or city’s collective roots, current challenges, and hopes for the future.

Storyteller and scholar Jo Radner has led several popular and successful oral history workshops around the state and she’ll bring her considerable expertise to the Seacoast region on May 14 for a workshop hosted by the Kingston Historical Museum and the Kingston Community Library and funded in part through a New Hampshire Humanities grant.

The workshop will teach and reinforce best practices for designing and conducting community oral history projects. Participants will learn techniques for project implementation and planning, interviewing strategies, rold playing, transcribing, and get an overview of useful tools and successful oral history projects.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kingston Community LIbrary. It is ideal for teams of three to four participants from a community, whether representives of a museum, historical society, school, or library, or other historically-minded people. For more information, contact Project Director Stephen Sousa or download a registration form here.