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2013 Conference






TOHA enjoyed its second annual conference on Saturday, April 13, 2013, on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. TSU's Department of History and Public History Graduate Program were our hosts for the conference. All sessions were held in the beautiful Taylor Murphy History Hall in the center of the TSU campus.

Comments from participants:

I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and the variety of presentations offered. I also am very happy at the great opportunity the conference is for presenters.

The conference was stimulating and informative.

Wonderful conference! Will definitely put on my list to attend each year and will continue to research oral history!

I was impressed with most of the presentations, the building was beautiful, I found a good lunch in the student center, I chatted with several colleagues, I was able to find parking, I had a good time.


Scholars presenting oral history research papers at the conference ranged from undergraduate students to full professors, and the topics of their presentations reflected the many faces of oral history research. Click here to view the full 2013 Annual Meeting Program Schedule.

"Howling Bloody Murder: The World of Texas Death Metal," Jamie Royer, Texas State University

"‘At Least You're Not Sexually Harassing Me': Gender and the Government Accountability Office," Chad McFadon, Texas State University

"Evolution to Equality: The Austin Domestic Partnership Agreement of 1993," Caitlin Farley McColl and Sara Nezamabadi, Texas State University

"The Aldine Way Project: Chronicling the Oral Histories of the Aldine Way," Aaron Griffen and Andrea D. Cain, Texas A&M University

"Institutional Military Oral History Programs in Iraq and Afghanistan: Documenting Texas Service Members," Col. Michael D. Visconage, San Antonio, Texas

"The Symbiotic Relationship of Narrative Analysis and Oral History: Social, Linguistic, and Thematic Analysis of Interpretation," Aaron Griffen, Texas A&M University

"Methodological Strategies for Optimizing Information Recollection by the Elderly," Paul A. Wagner, University of Houston-Clear Lake

"‘He Missed, I Didn't': Tears of an American World War II POW," Hayley Hasik, Texas A&M University-Commerce

"A Battle Baby from Dublin (Texas, That Is)," Jackson Dailey, Texas A&M University-Commerce

"The Reluctant Soldier: A Permanent KP-er Earns a Good Conduct Award," Jacob Ham, Texas A&M University-Commerce

"Surviving Hitler's Camps: From Krakow to Texas," Margo McCutcheon, Texas A&M University-Commerce

"From Treasure Hunters to Excavators: Preserving the Indigenous Cultures of Southeast Texas," Ian LeMasters, Lamar University

"Hidden Jewels: Working Women of Beaumont, Texas," Meghan Seim, Lamar University

"Remembering and Reflecting: Crystal City and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement," Pricilla Martinez, Baylor University

"Sam's Boy Orval: Race, Reform and Resentment," Tom Wagy, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

"Sisters through Time: An Orphan Train Story," Heather K. Caldwell, Texas A&M University

"Jon Lippens: A Member of the Belgian Resistance in World War II," Pamela Temple, Stephen F. Austin State University

"‘Let Them Progress on Their Own Stream': Expectations & Realities of Home Demonstration Work in Twentieth-Century Texas," Kendra DeHart, Texas State University

"Benchmarks in Education: A Texas Teacher's Perspective," Lynn M. Burlbaw, Texas A&M University

"The National Council for the Social Studies' 1971 Curriculum Standards: The End of the ‘Non-Alignment Policy'," Paul E. Binford, Louisiana State University

"A Historian's Experiences Discovering ‘Lost' 1930s WPA Slave Narratives and Preparing them for Publication," T. Lindsay Baker, Tarleton State University