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Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Texas A&M University - Commerce, Commerce, TX

Hosted by TAMU-C’s East Texas War and Memory Project, Honors College, and Department of History, with additional support from the East Texas Historical Association
Host: Eric L. Gruver
Program chair: Hayley Hasik
•Papers and panels highlighting some of the state’s best and most interesting oral history projects
•Presentation of the Hendrickson Award for Best Journal Article
•TOHA luncheon

Pre-registration is not required for the conference, but reservations for the luncheon must be made by April 15. E-mail or call Lois Myers at 254.710.6285 to save your place.

Program schedule and TAMU-C campus map available at

The East Texas Historical Association invites students attending the TOHA Conference in Commerce to a student mixer on Friday evening, April 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Luigi’s Italian Café, 1615 State Highway 50 in Commerce. For directions, visit Luigi’s website at To ask questions, contact Eric Gruver at


Saturday, May 2, 2015


Bullock Museum & University of Texas, Austin

TOHA judges will view documentaries created by junior and senior high school students with significant oral history content and award the best entries. To volunteer as a judge, contact Lois Myers, at or call her at 254.710.6285.


August 12 & 19, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Online, interactive oral history workshop offered by Baylor University Institute for Oral History

Six hours of instruction on two consecutive Wednesdays, access to a host of useful resources

Cost: $100.00.

Learn more at



The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies will hold its inaugural conference on April 10, 2015, at the Living Legends Conference Center on the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College in Plano. The day-long, interdisciplinary conference will feature scholarly panels and roundtables presented by both faculty and students and a keynote address by noted historian Dr. Heather Thompson of Temple University, speaking on "What Mass Incarceration Means to the American Working Class." To register, go to

For more information, please contact Lisa Kirby, Director, The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, at or 972-548-6756.

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History in partnership with Baylor’s Texas Collection announces the launch of an exciting new resource for citizens of Waco and beyond to connect to their local heritage. Named "Waco History," the service is both a website and mobile app that allows users to browse an interactive map of the city and select various "pinpoints" of information on the buildings, events, and people who have helped shape Waco’s legacy. The app is available on both the Apple iOS App Store and Google Play store for smartphones and tablets and features layered, map-based, multimedia presentations.

Program chairs Dan Utley and Kyle Wilkison invite TOHA members to submit proposals for papers and sessions for the annual fall meeting of the East Texas Historical Association to be held on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus in Nacogdoches from October 8-10, 2015. Topics that cover all aspects of East Texas’ regional heritage and history receive some preference, but any proposal that deals with Texas history is welcome. The Association prefers the submission of complete sessions (presider and three presenters or presider/commentator and two presenters), but individual submissions are also encouraged.

For session proposals, include names and contact information for presider/commentator and presenters, along with a session title, titles of presentations or topics, and a one-page summary of each presentation. The Association welcomes innovative formats for sessions, including discussion panels, poster presentations, or forums, as well as traditional paper presentations. Submit your proposal electronically with the worksheet available at

For more information visit the ETHA website at or phone at 936-468-2407.

Deadline for Submission: May 13, 2015. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2015.

Please make all submissions electronically. Send proposals to: Program Chair Kyle Wilkison at



Scholarship deadlines for the Oral History Association's annual meeting October 14-18, 2015, are coming up later this spring. OHA offers an international scholarship, presenter’s scholarship, and non-presenter’s scholarship. TOHA members who have applied for and received these scholarships in the past found them an excellent way to attend the meeting and become part of the national organization. OHA encourages applications from a diverse group of people who might contribute to the association's annual meeting and welcomes scholarship applications from students, K-12 teachers, community practitioners, and international participants. For more information about the OHA scholarship program, go to



Sound Historian features articles on multidisciplinary topics that apply oral history in any appropriate subject, as well as articles on the practice, theory, or application of oral history.

 Book Review Editor Nancy K. Berlage would like to hear from TOHA folks who will commit to reading and reviewing books on oral history topics for the journal. Contact Dr. Berlage at

 Editor Dan K. Utley invites your manuscript submissions for future issues of the journal. Article submissions are welcomed from students as well as veteran scholars. Manuscripts should be 15-20 pages, double-spaced throughout, including quotations, footnotes, and works cited. In matters of style, refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

Submit the original manuscript in a Microsoft Word version as an e-mail attachment and send it to The journal editor and members of the editorial board, all experienced Texas oral historians, will then review your manuscript and determine if it is eligible for publication or if it needs additional work. Once the article is accepted for publication, the editor will provide instructions concerning electronic submission of the revised manuscript.

Send e-mail submissions or inquiries to: SOUND HISTORIAN, Dan K. Utley, Editor, Department of History, Texas State University, For phone inquiries, call 512/940-0317.



Renewal notices went out in December. Your prompt response to renew for 2015 is greatly appreciated. If you have questions about your membership or need a renewal form, please contact Lois Myers at or call here at 254.710.6285.

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