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Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows Program

classIn collaboration with Carolina K-12, is excited to announce and solicit applications for its Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows.This unique program will provide fifteen middle and high school teachers from around the state with an intensive exploration of how to utilize oral histories in the K-12 classroom in effective, meaningful, and creative ways.  This year’s focus will be on oral histories from the Civil Rights Movement.

 While this program is designed with the middle and high school social studies teacher in mind, teachers in other disciplines (such as English/Language Arts teachers) with a demonstrated interest in integrating civil rights instruction and oral histories into their course are also eligible. For more information click here.

“Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past”

teachers focus groupAt SOHP, we’re always looking for ways to make our collection of over 5,000 oral history interviews more accessible. In the fall of 2014, we met with local K-12 teachers to find out, from the source, what would be most useful for getting oral histories into the classroom. The first big result of that meeting is this map.

“Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past” is an interactive map featuring short clips from oral history interviews with people from North Carolina’s past, as well as links to the longer interviews. It is designed for K-12 teachers to help their students experience history through stories. Currently the map features stories of school desegregation; future updates will add clips from families who lived through World War II, women who fought and are fighting for equal rights, and more.

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Christie Norris, the Director of K-12 Outreach at the UNC Program in the Humanities, had this to say about the map: “This is a wonderfully compelling and user friendly educational tool for teachers and students! It not only provides engaging oral history content, but the geographic visual reminds us that this is history from our own state, making it even more relevant and impactful.”

Read more about the value of using oral history in the classroom from former interns (and future educators) Alex Ford and Devin Holman, in their blog post here.

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know how you use the map in your classroom. Send suggestions for how to improve it. Let us know other ways we can support your works as teachers. Write to Associate Director Rachel F. Seidman,