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Family Memories Highlight Oral History Workshop

Grapes of Wrath Journey stops in Oklahoma City

Sept. 25, 2013
Story by Austin Bowles, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The National Steinbeck Center will bring an exclusive oral history workshop to Oklahoma City on Oct. 5. The event features the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at OSU and will be held at the Oklahoma History Center from 2-4 p.m. The workshop is part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Steinbeck’s Oklahoma-based novel, “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Oklahoma State University assistant professor and oral history librarian, Juliana Nykolaiszyn, will lead the oral history workshop. She will teach the basics of conducting oral history interviews and recording family memories, with a focus on question development, equipment considerations and preservation.

“Recording oral history interviews with family members gives you the chance to learn more about each other, especially when everyone is involved from grandchildren to grandparents,” Nykolaiszyn said. "Steinbeck's work in ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ helped bring into focus the impact of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl in the 1930s. And while the Joad family may differ from your own, recording oral history helps convey how your family experienced that time period."

The workshop is a part of a tour sponsored by the National Steinbeck Center that will travel from Oklahoma to California to retrace the path of the Joad family from “The Grapes of Wrath.” The tour begins in Sallisaw, Okla. and stops in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, before it makes its way to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The trip will be led by a team of artists, including a playwright and filmmaker, who were trained by OOHRP in the art of interviewing.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Steinbeck Center’s 75th Anniversary of the Grapes of Wrath Journey, along with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University Library. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot in advance by emailing grapesofwrath75@steinbeck.org, or call 405-744-3101.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange.  Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all.  As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality  teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 37,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.


URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall13/steinbeck.htm
Last Updated: 25 September 2013

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