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Oral History project to begin; workshop to be held in Payette

The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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The Payette County Historical Society invites all who want to learn more about conducting quality oral histories of their family members or other community members, or help with this community project, to. a workshop. It will be held Saturday, January 16 at the Payette County Museum at 90 S. 9th St in Payette.

The group hopes to attract some people from the Upper Country, New Meadows, Council, Cambridge and Midvale to contribute to their project.

"The lives of ordinary people often contain romantic moments, frightening Incidents, sad tales, breathtaking escapes and sudden twists of fate. Or you just may want to get grandma's life story. This workshop will help you achieve those goals," says Kathy Hodges the Idaho State Historical Society Oral Historian.

Hodges will conduct the workshop beginning at 10 am and continue until approximately 4 p.m. The PCHS will furnish the drinks.

Participants need to provide their own "brown bag" lunch. The class will otherwise be free to all who attend.

Hodges' class is provided by a grant from die Idaho Humanities Council.

The PCHS recently received a grant from the Idaho State Historical Society to provide the state archives with interviews on agriculture in the county.

"We are looking for interviewees to participate in the program. The topic will focus on how agriculture has changed over the last 40 or so years," said PCHS Coordinator Ann Curtis.

"After the grant requirements have been met, the PCHS hopes to interview a variety of individuals on all kinds of topics," added Curtis. "We find it ' an exciting and very educational project for us to undertake. These interviews will be invaluable to upcoming generations, family members and researchers."

Hodges' class will lead a discussion about memory, story and history along with explaining some of the basics of recording and preserving oral narratives.

She will be using examples from die 2,500 plus interviews in die ISHS's collection.

For more information you may call Curtis at 642-4883 Wednesday-Saturday.

This program is funded in part by die Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of die National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Original Publication Date: January 7, 2010

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