Oral History Projects

Current Projects

  • Women and Voting Rights in Minnesota Oral History Project (for the Minnesota Historical Society), 2019-2020

Previous Projects

  • Minnesota Vietnam War-Era Oral History Project (for the Minnesota Historical Society), 2018
  • Omaha Oral History Project (for BWS Associates/History Nebraska), 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
  • The Eat Street 20th Anniversary Oral History Project (with the Whittier Alliance), 2016-2017
  • Minnesota’s Women Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project:
  • St. Catherine University Legacy Family Oral History Project
  • 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)

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

Select Oral History and Other Historical Publications and Writings

  • Booth Girl, or, History, My Mother, and Me (tentative title; forthcoming from Minnesota Historical Society Press)
  • “The Gold Necklace: Oral History on Eat Street,” Hennepin History Magazine (forthcoming 2017)
  • “’Everyone thinks it’s right it’s right to give the child away’: Unwed Mothers at Booth Memorial Hospital, 1961-1963,” Minnesota History (Summer 2017); winner of the Solon J. Buck Award for best article of the year in Minnesota History;  http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/65/v65i06p229-241.pdf 
  • “Oral History and the Power of Listening,” Minnesota Humanities Center Blog, September 2016: http://blogmnhum.blogspot.com/
  • “’Brighter and Better’: Building the New Salvation Army Rescue Home of St. Paul, 1913,” Ramsey County History (Spring 2016)
  • Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011):  http://sisterhoodofwar.com/
  • “G.I. Gender: Vietnam War-Era Women Veterans and U.S. Citizenship” (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Minnesota, 2002)
  • “’What Women Really Did’: Truth and Authority in China Beach and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial,” Vietnam War Generation Journal (August 2001)

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