Oral History Newsletter XI
Spring 2008

Editor:  Nate Berger
Photos:  Rex Martin and Kevin M. Ramos Glew

                                                  Oral History Circle
                          Creative concoction courtesy of Elyse Vranicar

Meteorologists predicted rain for the 11th annual Oral History Circle held on April 27th, but the clouds held up long enough for the all time highest capacity crowd that included two students from China, one from Poland and another from Italy -- almost 70 people plus three dogs who enjoyed good food, good company and good stories.
Many students from this spring’s Oral History course attended and shared their interesting projects.  Josh Hilliard is gathering stories of small-garage mechanics.  Jackie Sievert is interviewing the first women to attend Dartmouth.  While Matt Perry looks to illuminate the lives of clammers in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Vanessa Vicera focuses on Philippine nurses in the United States.  At the Oral History Circle these neophyte oral historians got to the opportunity to interact with veteran oral historians like Rebecca Mahlia who is balancing her Vermont Law School classes with her oral history thesis on lawyers and Alex Merrill who hopes to expand his thesis—an oral biography on University of Connecticut legendary basketball coach Jim Calhoun—into a book after graduating this June. 

                           Alex Merrill and Christopher Bossie  presumably discuss the joys of Oral History.


                  Irasema Saucedo introduces Alma to Myrna


Harvey and Myrna look on while Christopher Bossi discusses his thesis.      



Wole Ojurongbe describes his thesis which has a large oral history component.


Fabulous Five: Congratulations go to the following for completing their ORAL HISTORY theses and on their upcoming graduation:

Christopher S. Bossie: The Impact of Living, Working, and Playing on Nickerson
Lake in Linneus and New Limerick, Maine.

Kevin Ramos Glew: Headmasters on Headmastering  

Denise (Ryan) Hobson: The Phoenix Gaels: An oral history of the impact of traditional Irish sports on Irish identity and culture in America in the 21st century.   

Carrie McDonnell: The Christian Life

Alex Merrill: An Oral Biography of Jim Calhoun, the Legendary Basketball
Coach at the University of Connecticut.

Good luck to the following students who are working on their ORAL HISTORY  theses:
Nate Berger:  Walking the Shores of Puerto Rico:  Searching for the Legacy of Roberto Clemente.

Kaitlin Colladay: The Art and Craft of the Documentary Film: An Oral History
of the Story Tellers.

James Gauthier: An Oral History of Loring Air Force Base in Northeast Maine.

Ilana Grallert: Life Must Go On: An Oral History of Women in Germany at the
End of World War II and in the Early Post War Period.

Matthew J. Lazar:  The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns

Rebecca Malila: Justice in America: An Oral History Told by Trial Lawyers.

Marisa Miller: An Oral History of Maternity Polyclinics in Cuba.

Tim Murphy: A work that will be an Oral History focused on a very old summer camp in Massachusetts.

Publication Front: Harvey’s newest book, REMEMBERING YANKEE  STADIUM; AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY is scheduled for  Fall 2008 publication. 

Oral History Workshop: The next Oral History Workshop will take place late winter before spring semester 2009.

And Special Thanks To:
Kathleen Fortin for her guidance and example as former Oral History Newsletter editor.   


Contact Myrna or Harvey