While you’re at the 150th Anniversary Convention, we hope you’ll make about 30 minutes available to talk with Neil Kasiak, curator of the William H. Berge Oral History Center at Eastern Kentucky University.
Located in Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, the William H. Berge Oral History Center is a collaboration between Special Collections and Archives and EKU faculty, staff, students, and community members. Oral history is the collecting of spoken memories and personal commentaries of historical significance through a recorded dialog between an interviewer and an interviewee.
The Berge Center was established in June 2012 to carry on the work of the EKU Oral History Center that created over 3,000 interviews between 1977 and 1994. Dr. William H. Berge was the first director of the original center and the naming of the revived center honors his accomplishments.
The Berge Center staff is responsible for the long-term archiving of oral history interviews and providing access to completed projects. They also connect project managers with resources to conduct high-quality interviews by:
- Allocating recording equipment
- Providing training and resources to potential interviewers
- Connecting potential project managers with funding sources
- Developing and articulating standards and guidelines for file formats and legal documentation.
Newspaper Editors Project
This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky County Judges and Kentucky School Superintendents. The purpose of the three projects was to document Kentucky politics by interviewing politically astute members of the local power structure (judges and school superintendents) and observers of local politics (newspaper editors and owners).
Journalists discuss politics in their counties, their roles and influence in the history of their counties, and their personal histories and careers. Almost all Kentucky counties are represented.
Neil will have a table set up in the Trade Show area on Friday, January 25, and is interested in interviewing anyone who wants to be a part of the Newspaper project for the Oral History Center.
He will conduct recorded interviews in an adjacent room and is setting up a schedule of interviewees. To be a part of the interviews, please contact Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org Interviews will be scheduled every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25.