The 2019 TOHA Conference was held on April 26-27th on the campus of St. Edward’s University in Austin. This was our second year to hold a pre-conference workshop. Oral Historian Tacey Rosolowski’s workshop entitled “Oral History and Their Potential Users” focused on how to ensure oral histories have an ongoing life, post-project. Topics included the power of story; heritage versus history, how to think about audience needs and use, use of stories in trainings, and how to present an interview collection to generate interest in use.
Following the workshop, there was a “Meet ‘n Greet” Mixer at the Austin Beer Garden Brewery. Parking was a challenge, but there managed to be a small group of conference attendees to dive deep into OH discussion.
The next day, about 60 conference attendees were greeted and treated to an array of doughnuts, coffee, and juice sponsored by the Oral History Association. We welcomed attendees from Berkeley California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. TOHA President, Abra Schnur, started off the day by thanking Jena Heath and St. Edward’s for their hospitality, and introduced Stephen Sloan who gave a tribute to late Tom Charlton.
The presentations featured at this year’s conference included a vast array of topics and range of experiences in the field from oral history practitioners. From focusing on the borderlands of Texas to documenting the HIV/AIDs epidemic in Houston, to working with institutions across the state to make projects accessible, to addressing institutional inequality; this year’s presentations did not disappoint!
The conference closed out with a plenary presentation by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, creator of the Voces Oral History Project.
TOHA would like to thank all presenters, vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, participants, and volunteers for their contributions to this year’s conference. Because of you, it was a great success!