How to Do Oral History
||Oral histories help us find
the stories behind images such as this photo of a Second Lieutenant
of the Oklahoma National Guard treating a child during a combat
medical mission in Kuwait in 1991.
Doing oral history is fun, easy and very satisfying.
Meeting and talking with women who have served their country gives
you a window onto historyand sometimes a ringside seat.
At the same time, there is nothing magical about
interviewing people. All you need is time, some simple equipment
and willingness to listen.
Oral histories build a bridge between the past
and the present. Listening to someone's memories helps us see the
connections between the way things used to be and the way things
To help you do oral histories with your family
or in your community, the Women's Memorial Foundation has published
a new guide, HerStory: An Oral History Handbook for Collecting
Military Women's Stories. This guidebook, available for $5
plus tax from the Memorial's Gift Shop, contains complete instructions
on how to conduct oral histories and donate them to the Memorial's
The guide also includes a timeline of significant
events in military women's history, a bibliography of standard reference
works and information on the Women's Memorial Foundation's partnership
with the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project.