TOHA held its fourth annual conference on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Commerce, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Hosts and sponsors for the conference were the TAMU-C East Texas War and Memory Project, Department of History, and Honors College. The East Texas Historical Association hosted a student mixer on Friday evening before the conference. Headquarters for the conference was the Rayburn Student Center.
Eight panels, grouped into four concurrent sessions throughout the day, highlighted the outcomes of oral history research in presentations by scholars, educators, students, and history enthusiasts. Presenters varied in experience from middle-schoolers to the Texas State Historian. Sponsored refreshment breaks between sessions, morning and afternoon. afforded opportunities to mingle with others with common interests. Lunch was enjoyed in the TAMU-C Alumni Center and featured stories from Bill O'Neal, the Texas State Historian, and the presentation of the Hendrickson Best Article Award.
COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS:
The diversity of the presentations was awesome and showcased the variety of oral history efforts across the state.
This conference excels, once again, at capturing the diversity within oral history research and encourages historians without oral history experience to consider it in their next research endeavor.
As usual, an enjoyable event with great group of folks.
Good balance of budding new oral historians and seasoned ones.
This was great! Keep up the good work!1>