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TOHA held its inaugural annual conference on April 21, 2012, in the Cashion Academic Center on the campus of Baylor University in Waco.

Comments from participants:

Thank you for giving oral historians of Texas and those who specialize in Texas issues an opportunity to interact. Great job!

Wonderful conference, great presentation list, very friendly people. I look forward to the next conference.

I really loved the opportunity to hear about other oral history projects, their concepts and challenges. I am the only person working on oral histories in my job and I am not associated with a university, so it's inspiring and invigorating to network with others involved in these projects. I learned something with every presentation.

In every session, new and unexpected connections were made between people whose work or personal experiences provided new avenues for research, new research sources, or previously missing bits of information needed to complete a story.


A variety of sessions focused on Texas topics researched through oral history. Presenters included university students and local historians, as well as seasoned scholars. Click here to view the full TOHA 2012 Program Schedule.

"Preserving the Sounds of School Children in Magnolia, Texas," R. Matthew Clark, Magnolia

"The Role of Oral History in Church-based School Programs," Kisha Lee, Texas A&M University

"Everyone Knows a Story: Voices of Richland Center High School," Jon Maxwell, Texas A&M University

"Four Brothers, Four Perspectives," Lara Newcomer, Ecological Communications Corporation, Austin

"Japanese, German, and Italian American Interment (Civil) in Texas," William A. McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission

"Generation Next Meets the Greatest Generation," Adam C. Northam, Texas A&M University-Commerce

"Almost the Law: Blacks on a Segregated Police Force, 1940-1959," Dwight Watson, Texas State University

"Writing Civil Rights Biography Using Oral History," Courtney Lyons, Baylor University

"Directing the Charlie Wilson Oral History Project: Origins, Support, Problems, Results, and Future Directions," Paul J. P. Sandul, Stephen F. Austin State University

"Good Time Charlie and the Liberal from Lufkin: Public and Oral History and the Reassessment of Charlie Wilson’s Legacy," M. Scott Sosebee, Stephen F. Austin State University

"Presenting Charlie Wilson to a Public Audience: Student Opportunities to Work with Oral History Methods" Laura Blackburn and Jake McAdams, Stephen F. Austin State University

"A Shooting in Sanderson, 1903," Pat Parsons, Luling

"The O’Neal Brothers, Wes and Boots: Growing Up Cowboy," Scott White, Texas Tech University

"Jury Hung, Clay Henry Not: Scandal and Judicial Intrigue in Lajitas, Texas," Kendra DeHart, Texas State University-San Marcos

"Growing Up, Making Do: Childhood in a Texas Textile Mill Town," Deborah Kilgore, University of North Texas

"The Gendered World of the East Texas Timber Industry, 1945-1975," Meredith May, Texas Christian University

"The Oral History of Women in La Noria, Jalisco: La Pena Negra," Mayra L. Avila, University of Texas at El Paso

"Memory as Membership: Wendell Berry and the Role of Fiction in Oral History," Dave Sikkema, Baylor University

"Un-American Activity on the Texas Gulf Coast," Carroll Brincefield, Caldwell

"Oral History as a Means of Moral Repair: Jim Crow Racism in the Mexican American Community of San Antonio," Rebecca Karimi, Nova Southeastern University