Kentucky Oral History Day

The Kentucky Council on Archives, the Kentucky Oral History Commission, and the Kentucky Historical Society invite you and your repository to join us on Thursday, October 27, 2016 to celebrate Kentucky Oral History Day. The theme of the day is: “Do one thing for oral history collections”.

Do you want to work with oral histories but don’t know how to get started? Do you work with oral histories all the time but want to jump into something new with your collections? Is there oral history work you know needs to be done but you keep putting it off? Then this year it’s time to “do one thing” for oral history. Maybe we can’t do everything we want or need to do with our oral history collections, but this Oral History Day we’re asking you to do (at least) one thing to support oral history collections in Kentucky.

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The flexible design of Kentucky Oral History Day welcomes participants from large institutions with robust oral history collections to small shops with limited resources. The guiding factor is that all participants pledge to devote at least a portion of the day to doing one thing for their collections. While the work will be done at each organization’s own home, our collective efforts on Kentucky Oral History Day will call attention to the abundant resources available throughout Kentucky and the professional work being done to ensure their preservation.

What should I do on Kentucky Oral History Day?

Participants should focus on their repository’s collection needs and organizational capabilities. The work can be scaled to whatever time and resources your institution can dedicate on Kentucky Oral History Day. There is a low entry barrier for participation—we recognize that not all institutions have the same resources or collections.

The activities you do choose to perform should be guided by professional standards and best practices. Do one thing to begin inventorying your collections. Do one thing to establish a digitization workflow. Do one thing to start implementing OHMS. Do one thing to promote your collections. We will join the efforts of the participants through press releases and social media. Participating organizations also will be recognized on our website.

Training Opportunity (webinar)

Oral History Day 2016 Webinar: Strategies for Implementing OHMS at Your Institution
Date: Thursday, October 27

Time: 9:30am Eastern Time; 8:30am Central Time

The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer is a powerful tool to make oral history collections more findable and usable. However, institutions can often run into trouble securing the digital infrastructure necessary to implement the program. In this webinar, presenters will discuss their attempts to implement OHMS (both successful and not), provide participants with tips on how to work with colleagues at their institutions to implement OHMS,  and considerations for choosing and securing the necessary infrastructure and services to run OHMS. Panelists include Allison Tracy (Kentucky Oral History Commission), Doug Boyd (University of Kentucky), Daniel Weddington (University of Kentucky), and Andre Morrison (Eastern Kentucky University).

To register for the Oral History Day 2016 Webinar: Strategies for Implementing OHMS as Your Institutio

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Register”.
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”.

Once your registration is received, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

Why should you participate?

  1. Because the collections in your care will thank you.
  2. Because your institution will be among more than 10 organizations in Kentucky to participate.
  3. Because new audiences will learn about your collections.

How can you participate?

Oral History Day 2016 is currently in the planning stages, so more information on the day’s activities will be coming soon. In the meantime, visit our Ideas and Resources page to begin thinking about how you and your institution might get involved this year.


Get Involved!

Let us know how you plan to participate, the contact person at your organization, and whether you have any suggestions for other people we should contact using our Google Form.  

Questions? Contact Allison Tracy at or 502-564-1792 ext 4434.

Oral history activities at the University of Kentucky / Image credit: Kopana Terry, Copyright 2015

Oral history interview at the University of Kentucky / Image credit: Kopana Terry, Copyright 2015