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Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past. We have collected more than 5,000 interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection online, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life.

Join Us at the New Roots Reception!

new roots invitationOn Wednesday, February 24th, SOHP (along with the Latino Migration Project, the Center for the Study of the American South, and UNC University Libraries) is co-sponsoring a program and reception in celebration of the recently-launched New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte oral history website and digital information system! Join us at 5:30PM at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC Chapel Hill. All are welcome. Click here to view the event on Facebook, and click on the invitation to the right for more info.

Introducing PRESS RECORD: the SOHP podcast

FullSizeRenderWe’re so excited to introduce Press Record, a podcast about the joys and challenges of learning history by talking to those who lived it. In our pilot episode we discuss silence and power in oral history. Can oral history teach us to be better listeners? Can we learn how to pay attention–not just to what is being said, but to what isn’t? We’ll talk with Southern Oral History Program founding Director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall about a 1974 interview with Katherine DuPre Lumpkin that is shot through with silences; you’ll get tips on how to handle it a question you ask leads to a long silence; and we’ll hear clips from our collection in which three different women talk about the relationship between silence and their own activism. Learn more and listen here.

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship

jdh smOn September 20th, 2014, more than 120 people gathered at UNC to celebrate and honor the legacy of SOHP’s founding director, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, as she retires from the Department of History. Now, to honor Jacquelyn in a permanent way, we’re excited to announce a fundraising effort for the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship Fund. Learn more about this fund, which will support graduate student research, at our donor page here.

40th Anniversary Digital Exhibit

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.49.04 AMOur digital exhibit commemorating the SOHP 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 4th, 2014 is live! Take a tour through decades of materials including old documents, interview clips, photographs, and even a video clip of our panel discussion with Howard Lee, Valeria Lee, Jacquelyn Hall, Jessie Wilkerson, and Bill Chafe.  Check it out here.

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