Oral History: From Past to Public – Mar 24 @ 1pm

Listen in on a conversation between representatives of Columbia College Chicago research team, Erin McCarthy, Heidi Marshall, Peter Fitzpatrick, and Jeremy Bucher of the National Hellenic Museum as they discuss their shared history in Oral History Archiving and how it has evolved to bring the collection to the public eye.

Modeling History Project – The Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement

Speakers:

Erin McCarthy, Associate Professor of History; Interim Chair Communication Department, Columbia College Chicago

Peter Fitzpatrick, (he/him/his) Professor of Photography; Special Advisor Community Engagement
Office of the Provost, Columbia College Chicago

Heidi Marshall, (she/her) Head of Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago

Brianna Yrene Ramirez, (she/her) Filmmaking (BA); Archives Assistant & Intern Columbia College Chicago
Brianna is a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago, pursuing a Bachelors in Filmmaking. She also has a double concentration in producing and production design. She may be a film major, but history and such have a special place in her heart. Which is why she applied to be on this project.

Adiam Belai Woldu, (she/her) English (BA); Archives Assistant & Intern Columbia College Chicago
Adiam is a third-year student at Columbia College Chicago completing a B.A. in English with a minor in Cultural Studies. Personal narrative is her chief interest. She is particularly interested in recording stories about marginalized people that explore identity, challenge dominant narratives, and celebrate histories that often go overlooked. After graduation she plans on working as a developmental editor to assist writers in constructing their stories.

Jeremy Bucher, Collections & Archives Manager, National Hellenic Museum
Jeremy Bucher earned his M.A. in 20th Century United States Urban & Labor History and Public History from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. His work at the National Hellenic Museum involves the accession and preservation of the various physical and digital objects in the museum’s collection, as well as making those objects accessible, especially the oral history collection. Through his work with the oral history collection, he has created presentations designed to assist individuals and members of other institutions in the creation of their own oral history projects. In collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Alliance, Jeremy facilitated an oral history workshop in April of 2020 to provide introductory knowledge and strategies to participants interested in capturing stories from family and community members related to their experience during the pandemic. In partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance, Jeremy worked on the first incarnation of the Stories of Im/migration: Chicago project, contributing NHM resources to the Chicago Collections Consortium Explore portal. Most recently, Jeremy participated in the Stories of Arts Resilience project, sharing his experiences adjusting to working during the pandemic and reflecting on his time participating in CCA projects and events.

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