- Oral History in the Digital Age is hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and contains a comprehensive set of links and information to introduce all aspects of oral history from planning to curation. All resources are at no cost.
- The Our Cities, Our Stories Project of the Liverpool Museum is an example of engaging with a local community to create content for a cultural heritage venue. In general, the Liverpool Museum has an impressive engagement with the public from the very creation of the museum, ongoing programming, and future direction.
Oral History Resources
- Documenting Local African American Community History: Some Guidelines for Consideration, by Lila Teresa Church, AASLH Technical Leaflet, Fall 2011
- The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
- Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provide examples of Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines. Depending on the institution and nature of the oral history project, IRB review may be required. Click here for additional discussion on the IRB process and purpose.
- Community Oral History Toolkit, edited by Nancy MacKaty, Mary Kay Quinlan, Barbara W. Sommer, Routledge Press, 2013.
- Creating Intergenerational Oral History Opportunities, by Maren Levad and Aleah Vinick, AASLH Technical Leaflet, Summer 2012.
- The Oral History Manual, Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, Rowman and Littlefield, Second Edition 2009.
- Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide For Museums, Parks, Zoos, Gardens & Libraries by Stephanie Weaver, Routledge, 2007. An ideal staff development tool with 5-page chapters and exercises on all phases of the visitor experience.
Third Place & The Participatory Museum
- UM Museum Anthropology Course Blog details the collaborative project of the Hopi Nation and students at the University of Michigan as reported by Lisa Young and Susan Sekaquaptewa in Positioning Your Museum as a Critical Community Asset.
- How to Run an Edit-a-thon reports the process to enhance and better assure the validity and reliability of the user-generated content on Wikipedia. Museologist Ed Rodley posts here about that process.
- Robert P. Connolly, “Co-creation as a Twenty-First Century Archaeology Museum Practice,” Advances in Archaeological Practices 3(2015):188-197 is a review of a process of co-creation with a museum community. The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa is used as a case for discussing examples of engaging with high school and college students as well as avocational interest groups.
- The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon combines a synthesis of the past decade of discussion on museums and community engagement along with an application in a framework of contributory, collaborative, co-creative, and hosted experiences.
Our Contributors Recommend
- Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin – argues for the transformative power of narrative to uncover stories which help bond, heal, and connect generations. The heart of this book is that narrative helps illustrate history and legacy and unite communities.
- A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community by Robert Archibald – Through personal and professional narratives, the author examines the changing meaning of community and how museums can adapt to better serve as a resource.
- The New Town Square: Museums and Communities in Transition by Robert Archibald – reimagines the roles of museums as safe public spaces that welcome all members of the community for robust dialogue on relevant issues.
- A Place Not a Place: Reflection and Possibilities in Museums and Libraries by David Carr – The future of museums and libraries is discussed as places of change that engage and ignite possibilities through creative community use.
- On Doing Local History. by Carol Kammen – As the title states, this volume examines the field of local history and practitioners.
- Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You. by David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty – Discusses the process of exploring local history and the variety and use of local history sources.
- Perks, Robert, and Alistair Thomson, eds. The Oral History Reader. 3rd ed. Routledge, 2016.
The Kitchen Sink
- Pixstori is an app that allows mini-oral histories to be linked to images. Very useful for embedding on websites.
- Zooinverse is a crowdsourcing site for a variety of projects based on a Citizen Science model. In addition to direct participation via Zooinverse, the examples can suggest ideas that museums might use on their own to engage visitors in collaborative projects.
- Participatory Exhibition Design: Memory Jars at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History by Anna Marie Greco is a Masters Thesis that evaluates a participatory project.
- Downtown America: A history of the place and the people who made it. by Alison Isenberg – this book provides information about how institutions are portrayed.
- Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard Art from Chicago to Cairo by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle.