TOHA

Greetings from the Texas Oral History Association!

TOHA is a network for oral history practitioners that promotes the use of professional interviewing and archiving standards. Explore our site to discover who we are and what we do. We invite you to join us in our adventure to better understand both the present and the past through recording the voices of eyewitnesses to history. TOHA, an affiliate of the Oral History Association, is hosted by the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.

 


 

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING! 

Tenth Annual Conference | September 24-25, 2021

The Texas Oral History Association held its tenth annual conference virtually on September 24-25, 2021. This conference was hosted by Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas! Check out our program here!

Did you miss last year's virtual conference? You can view the conference sessions on our YouTube page

 

A Statement from the Texas Oral History Association

The Texas Oral History Association (TOHA), a network of oral history practitioners, stands with people across the country condemning the continued violence, prejudices, and systemic injustice against Black, indigenous, and people of color.

We echo and affirm the Oral History Association’s statement on the Solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We too believe Black Lives Matter.

As oral historians and practitioners we recognize our responsibility to seek out, record, and preserve this nation’s myriad voices.  We recognize our obligation to contribute resources, support, and skills so that communities can amplify their own stories and experiences.  In doing this work with deliberation and care, we endeavor to help achieve a more holistic understanding of the many distinct historical narratives that tell the story of America.  Voices cannot continue to be unheard or silenced.

TOHA has work to do.  We must acknowledge our own structural practices and be open to change. We need to do more to create a diverse network of individuals that allows for challenging conversations about the practice of oral history in the state of Texas.  We need to be proactive in sharing those resources, support, and skills. Our annual conference must push for presentations outside of traditional academic circles; from Black, indigenous, and communities of color where vital memory and narrative work is being realized.

TOHA is committed to learning and doing the self-work needed to become a trusted association that is diverse and inclusive.  We remain committed to doing our part in oral history documentation and believe that a collaborative practice is key to preserving narratives that honor and value communities and events that otherwise might be left out of the historical record.

 


 

TOHA 2020 Conference Recap

 

TOHA’s (virtual) conference was held on September 11-12, 2020 via Zoom. Although it looked different this year, we were able to bring participants quality presentations and programming that highlighted and promoted the use and good practices of oral history research across the state. (READ MORE HERE)