Oral History Circle IX
April 2007

Editor: Kathleen Fortin
Photographs by Kevin M. Ramos-Glew

Adding to the pleasant venues of past meetings of oral historians and their friends and family, Blunt Alumni Hall offered the spacious Zimmerman Lounge to the largest crowd ever, almost 60 people, who gathered on April 22, 2007 for the ninth Oral History Circle. Nearly half a dozen students from the early years of oral history mixed with current oral history students. The air was buzzing with descriptions of past and ongoing oral history projects and theses. The range and originality of topics is fascinating. Elyse Vranicar excitedly anticipated her visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,D.C., to meet prospective interviewees. Rebecca Mahlia is interviewing trial lawyers for a thesis on the carriage and miscarriage of justice in the courtroom. It is this sharing between past and present oral historians that makes the gatherings not only interesting and fun, but useful too as tips and leads are exchanged.

(Left to right) Ilana Grallert, Marion Nelson, Kathy Fortin, and Jen Titus.

Nancy Silliman ('96) with Maria Graham ('05) and Charlotte, Maria's budding oral historian.

Not only the pleasant surroundings inside Blunt Hall, but the near perfect weather made for an all round enjoyable event. Guests spilled onto the porticoed front porch overlooking the Green.

Uriel Barrera-Vasquez and Hannah Silverstein.

Always innovative, the Frommers chose the 9th Circle to initiate the "Bronze Certificate of Excellence for Exemplary Work in Oral History" which went to Jerome "Jerry" LaMothe ('01) whose thesis was One Village, Two Centuries, Several Families -- an Oral History of North Danville, VT; Maria Graham ('05), for her thesis, a compelling story of an Irish order of Catholic nuns, entitled Who Knows Godís Ways; and Kathleen Fortin for her recently completed A Studio of One's Own: An Oral History of the MacDowell Colony.

Harvey and Myrna preparing to present the bronze certificates.


Courtney Banghart was hired as the women's basketball coach at Princeton.

Fabulous Five: Congratulations go to the following for completing their theses, and on their upcoming graduation:

  • Jessica Carvalho (Oral History of Plymouth, Massachusetts)
  • Bill Diamond (Oral History of Boarding School Life)
  • Courtney Banghart (Oral History of Coaches on Coaching)
  • Kathy Fortin (Oral History of the MacDowell Colony)
  • Amy Fortier (Oral History Growing Up in Berlin, New Hampshire)

Graham M.Reed (?5) was awarded second place in the "New Yorker" cartoon contest.

Special thanks to Thomas Neeley (?6), our former Editor, now residing in San Francisco, for his assistance with the technical components of producing this Newsletter.

Thanks to Diane Lawrence, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, for easing our path to using Blunt Alumni Hall for this event.

Allen Sherman (?4), an oral history stalwart for many years.

This issue is dedicated to Harvey and Myrna who completed their 12th year teaching the theory and practice of Oral History at Dartmouth. Cheers!


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