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Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project

 


 
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Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project

In 2005 the JMU History Department initiated the Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kerr. Using high quality digital recording equipment, students have conducted and transcribed dozens of interviews with people whose histories have largely gone untold.  Students have interviewed poultry farmers and processing workers, labor and civil rights activists, Native Americans, Latino immigrants, ex-offenders, homeless people, gays, lesbians and bisexuals throughout the Shenandoah Valley. These interviews will be archived with Carrier Library and are now available via the internet. Students taking the course Oral History and Social Justice explore ways to make this material accessible to the public through the production of pamphlets, radio documentaries and websites.