Oral History Projects

Current Projects

  • 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

Previous Projects

  • 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
  • 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