Tree thumbnailOral histories tell the stories of community members and can be an effective tool in making history relevant and relatable in history museums.

Barbara Allen Bogart explains what oral history is while suggesting ways museums can incorporate oral histories into the documentation of collections’ provenance, programming, and exhibitions.

Also included are examples of historical societies and museums running continuous collection programs of oral histories to better document the history of a locale.

Bogart primarily focuses on the historical and programmatic uses of oral histories but she also briefly addresses effective ways of conducting oral history interviews.

Technical Leaflet #191 (1995)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 23, Interpreting History and Technical Leaflet Bundle 12, Using Oral History.