Oral History Circle VI

Editor: Tom Neeley

On October 30, oral historians, their friends and significant others came together for Oral History Circle VI at the Etna home of Donna DiFillippo. Although the weather outside was gloomy, Donna's house was warmed by good company and delicious food, including homemade buffalo wings, green salad, deserts and fresh apple cider. Donna is an Oral History Circle hosting veteran, having graciously hosted OHC IV last fall.

The hit of this circle was the first ever Oral History Reader, which was commissioned by the Frommers. The reader brings together more than 50 oral histories into three hefty volumes. Many of the oral histories were contributed by members of the spring 2004 oral history class. Other oral histories were included from the Frommers' archives of teaching oral history in the MALS program over the last decade.

Shawn Coe prepares his daughter to be a future oral historian by reading from one of the volumes. On either side of him at the table, Dolapo Neil and husband Al check out the two other volumes. Dopalo recently finished her thesis about orality in the Yoruba culture of Nigeria.

First time oral history circle attendees this time around included Matt Duques and Christine Pace. Matt brought along his one-year old golden retriever Huck as well as an apple pie. Matt's oral history from the spring 2004 oral history class was included in the reader. Christine is a future oral historian and (like Harvey) a diehard Yankees fan.

Left to right: Myrna Katz Frommer, Matt Duques, Maria Graham, Samantha Stoddard, Tom Neeley, Christine Pace, Donna DiFillippo, Shawn Coe and his daughter, Kathy Fortin and her husband Dan.

Samantha joins Al, Myrna, Dolapo and Maria for a quick picture.

Also to note: Maria Graham, who was the editor of four of the past five Oral History Newsletters, has passed on the newsletter editorship to new hands. Thanks Maria for all the great work youíve put in!



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