“Eat Street at 20: In Their Own Words,” exhibit at Hennepin History Museum, 2017-18


Oral History Projects

Harry Pontiff (photo by Robyn Mathews-Lingen)


Profiles in Courage: Rock Steady Boxers (in conjunction with Element Gym/CoMotion Center for Movement, funded by a Humanities Innovation Lab Grant administered by the Minnesota Humanities Center with funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008), 2020









Carolina Ortiz, COPAL


Women and Voting Rights in Minnesota Oral History Project (for the Minnesota Historical Society), 2019-2020 (suspended due to COVID-19)





Minnesota Vietnam War-Era Oral History Project (for the Minnesota Historical Society), 2018


Minnesota Court of Appeals Oral History Project (with the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society), 2017





The Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital Oral History Project (with the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum), 2017







Mrs. Hung Duong, TT (Truong Thanh) Market (photo by Rasun Mehringer)

 The Eat Street 20th Anniversary Oral History Project (with the Whittier Alliance), 2016-2017









Minnesota’s Women Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project






Oral History Training Workshops

  • Listening to the Past: Oral History 101, University of Minnesota Learning Life, Summer 2020
  • The Truth of the Story, or, How to Conduct a Good Oral History Interview, Historians for Hire, Carleton College, 2019, 2020
  • Grandma’s Hidden Past: Using the Skills of an Oral Historian to Gather Family Stories, Hennepin History Museum, 2018
  • Deep Listening: Using the Skills of an Oral Historian to Develop Empathic Relationships, Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee, 2017
  • Teaching the Oral History Method in the College Classroom

      • St. Catherine University courses:
        • Women in the U.S. since 1920
        • The Sixties in the U.S.
        • “You Throw Like a Girl”: Women and Sports in the U.S. Before and After Title IX
      • Anoka Ramsey Community College courses:
        • America in the Vietnam War Era (collaboration with Veterans History Project; awarded Oral History Association’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award, 2006)


Select Presentations About/Based on Oral History Work

  • Academic and Professional Meetings
    • Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums
    • Oral History Association
    • Organization of American Historians
    • University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Feminist Studies
    • Center for the Study of War and Society
  • Booth Memorial Hospital talks
    • Ramsey County Historical Society / Ramsey County Library-Roseville
    • Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum, Washburn Library
    • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee Spring Chautauqua
  • Sisterhood of War talks
    • Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    • Thorson Memorial Library, Elbow Lake, MN
    • The Big Read, Scott County Library/Historical Society
    • Marie Swelland Gross Lecture in Ethics and Medicine, St. Olaf University
    • University of Minnesota LearningLife Course
    • Lyngblomsten’s 5-5-1 Book-Wine-Cheese Club
    • Grand Rapids Area Library
    • American Association of University Women-Minneapolis
    • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee Book Club
    • Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration
    • Alworth International Lecture Series, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth