2016 Conference

The Texas Oral History Association enjoyed its fifth annual conference on Saturday, April 23, 2016, on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The one-day conference program featured informative, inspiring presentations demonstrating creative applications of oral history methodology to a variety of research topics related directly to Texas history and culture--historic black colleges; historic county courthouse preservation; gentrification in East Austin; Houston's war veterans and Latino restaurants; racial injustices in Jasper and Texarkana; borderland music and memories. Other papers focused on war and its effects on veterans in Texas and students in Guatemala. Undergraduate and graduate students discussed their encounters with oral history both in and beyond the classroom. A miniseries of methodological and technical workshops represented oral history processing, transcript and audio/video synchronizing, and uses in social media/mobile apps.

TOHA initiated a well-received plenary session in 2016. The plenary highlighted the work of the UTEP Institute of Oral History in a presentation titled "Don’t Give Voice to the Voiceless, Learn Instead to Listen Well: Oral History, Cultural Competency, and Community," presented by Dr. Yolanda Chavez Leyva, University of Texas at El Paso. The conference luncheon included the annual presentation of the Hendrickson Award and special recognition of retiring TOHA secretary-treasurer Lois Myers.

Participant comments:

Wonderful job! The conference ran smoothly, and it was very nice that the rooms had good setups for PowerPoint. Loved it! Looking forward to next year!

Loved the plenary session! Great speaker!

My first time. Will return again.

This is a wonderful conference. I especially like how receptive attendees have been.

This year's conference was the best of the three that I have attended. The topics and quality of the presenters were both superb.