IU Southeast faculty to host Oral History Workshop at Jeffersonville Library

23rd February 2011

NEW ALBANY, IN (Feb. 22, 2011) – Learn how to help keep history alive at the Community Oral History Workshop.

Dr. Carl E. Kramer, director of the Institute for Local and Oral History at Indiana University Southeast and a long-time historian of southern Indiana and the Greater Louisville Metropolitan Region, will conduct an oral history workshop at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 24.

Oral histories are a wonderful tool to preserve local history with a personal flair. The workshop will address how to research and prepare a life history interview, guidelines for conducting interviews, and how to prepare the required legal release forms.

Those interested in genealogy and family history will enjoy the presentation, along with history enthusiasts, students, and anyone interested in preserving local history. 

The presentation is part of “Talkin’ about Your Generation:  A Community Oral History Workshop,’ a series of workshops sponsored by the Institute for Local and Oral History, the Carnegie Center for Art and History, the Charlestown-Clark County Libraries, the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, the Clarksville Historical Society, and the Clark County Museum.

Kramer is a Clark County native and graduate of Silver Creek High School. He received his B.A. in history and political science from Anderson  University, masters degrees from Roosevelt University (urban education) in Chicago and University of Louisville (community development), and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Toledo.  In 2008 he was appointed director of the new Institute for Local and Oral History and adjunct assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast, where he has taught history for 33 years.  He is the founder and vice president of Kramer Associates Inc., a Jeffersonville public history consulting firm, and the author of 10 books, including This Place We Call Home:  A History of Clark County, Indiana, published by Indiana University Press in 2007.

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