RHSP: Oral History Essentials, Ethics, and Community Engagement


Event details


The Regional Heritage Stewardship Program is an initiative of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its Intermountain West regional program is conducted in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services and Utah Humanities.

This webinar will cover the basics of partnering with—and following the lead of—community scholars to prepare for and host an oral history effort, including ethics, basic know-how, research, question preparation, and archival strategies. 

About the Speaker:

Randy Williams, Folklorist & Ethnographer, Emerita Faculty, Utah State University

A Folklorist & Ethnographer, Randy Williams is emerita faculty at Utah State University where she served as the Fife Folklore Archives Curator and Oral History Specialist for twenty-six years. She currently serves on the Utah Humanities Board of Trustees and as board vice president for Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection.  

About the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program:

Our Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP) brings vital preservation services to three regions of the country:

  • The Intermountain West: Nevada, Utah, and parts of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico
  • Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
  • The Deep South: Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, RHSP was created in consultation with the American Association for State and Local History, which helped identify these regions as areas with limited access to conservators and preservation expertise.

Over 2017 and 2018, CCAHA conducted in-person workshops, webinars, and preservation needs assessments at institutions across Appalachia and the Deep South. In 2019, these services extended to new areas of those regions, as well as the Intermountain West.