OFFICERS ELECTED: Your TOHA Board of Directors met by conference call on Wednesday, October 23, and elected new officers to serve the organization over the next year. Serving in the office of president is Dr. Perky Beisel, of Nacogdoches, and as vice president, Dr. Eric Gruver, of Commerce.
TOHA PROGRAM MEETING: Join us on March 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, for the thirtieth TOHA joint session with the annual meeting of the Texas Sate Historical Association. The 2014 session is titled "Education as Community Service: Voices of Black Women Community Leaders." Lynn Burlbaw will chair the session and comment on papers presented by Linda J. Black-"Informal Education and Female Leadership: A Historical Study of the Life of Christia Daniels Adair"--and Anita McGee-"The Truth is Powerful and It Prevails: The Life History of Rev. Bettie Kennedy." Early registration for TSHA opens December 1. For a full program schedule, registration, and hotel reservation information, visit TSHA.
THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Save April 5, 2014, for our third annual conference, hosted in Nacogdoches by Stephen F. Austin State University's Department of History, with support from the East Texas Historical Association. Join us to hear papers and panels highlighting some of the best and most interesting oral history projects underway in Texas and surrounding states. Program chair Eric Gruver looks forward to receiving responses soon to the 2014 Call for Papers. Watch for conference news and updates throughout the early months of 2014 on the conference web page.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR BARNES COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORY AWARD: TOHA offers a special award to community groups that are conducting, or have recently conducted, successful oral history projects. The Mary Faye Barnes Award for Excellence in Community Oral History Projects is designed to bring recognition to oral history projects exemplifying distinguished preservation of community history. The award is named for longtime community historian and twice TOHA president, Mary Faye Willms-Barnes, of Lockhart, Texas. For the purposes of this award, community history is broadly defined to include the history of a village, town, or urban neighborhood, but also to include the history of a business, school, hospital, social organization, religious organization, or other public or private institution. Project developers and leaders may submit their projects to TOHA for consideration and nominations may be accepted from community members. Both TOHA members and local historical associations are encouraged to submit nominations, although nominees are not required to be members of TOHA. To nominate a project, go to the community award page and locate the Community History Award Nomination Form. Fill it out and return it with the required attachments to TOHA headquarters by February 1. If you or anyone you know is involved in an oral history project that meets the criteria of this award, please let us hear from you. Committee members are Perky Beisel, Jaclyn Jeffrey, and Lynn Burlbaw.
BAYLOR INSTITUTE FOR ORAL HISTORY WELCOMES SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORY GRANT: In 2014, BUIOH will make available a grant up to $2,500 to support a nonprofit group conducting oral history research at the community level in the state. Baylor University will partner with recipients in their efforts and provide training, equipment, consultation, and processing of the field interviews, which will be made available online as well as co-deposited at Baylor University and a local public archive. The community members who carry out the oral history project will also develop and arrange public programming to highlight the accomplishments of their endeavors. The deadline for grant applications is January 17, 2014. For additional details on this initiative including information on past recipients, visit BUIOH's community oral history award page.
SOUND HISTORIAN, VOLUME 15, COMING SOON: You may not recognize the Sound Historian when it arrives in the mail next January. Editor Dan Utley has developed a whole new look for Volume 15. Book Review Editor Nancy Berlage has eight to nine book reviews for this issue. TOHA appreciates the Texas State University's Center for the Study of the Southwest, which has furnished the journal a formatting editor, Ms. Lauren Neal. This issue may be our thickest ever, with seven articles, covering oral history scholarship on veterans, education, politics, desegregation, cowboys, and . . . a beer-drinking goat!
ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION CALL FOR PAPERS: OHA will gather in Madison, Wisconsin, October 8-12, 2014, for its next annual meeting. The theme is "Oral History in Motion: Movements, Transformations, and the Power of Story." The Call for Papers provides additional information and inspiration for you and your colleagues to submit a paper or panel presentation. Proposal deadline is January 20, 2014.