Rural life in Oklahoma revolves around “crossroad communities.” Our small towns are dynamic places where people connect, attend schools and church, frequent stores, and do business with co-ops. Rural Oklahomans seek economic growth, cultural cohesion, and an ever-improving quality of life.
The Oklahoma Crossroads Oral History Project seeks to document life in these small communities and rural Oklahoma through a unique partnership between Oklahoma Humanities, the Chisholm Trail Museum, and the John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center.
During the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school year, museum staff will work with educators across the state to enable junior high and high school students to collect oral histories documenting change in their rural communities.
Teachers who would like to participate in the Oklahoma Crossroads Project can contact museum staff for more information.
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The Chisholm Trail Museum and Oklahoma Humanities will host a digital workshop for teachers October 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 to provide oral history basics for teachers and discuss strategies for integrating oral histories into classroom projects.
Teachers who participate in the two-hour digital workshop will receive copies of The Oral History Manual, tripods for digital recording devices, and more.
Speakers include Patty Sanders, an English and US History educator at Morrison High School and Dr. Sarah Milligan, Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University. Patty’s students have conducted interviews with individuals such as astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam War journalist Joseph Galloway, state and national level politicians, and more. Sarah is head of the OOHRP and oversees the production, access, and preservation of the 1,700+ interviews in the collection.
Workshop Outline: 4:00 - 4:15 Welcome and Introductions 4:15 - 5:15 Oral History Basics for Teachers 5:15 - 5:45 Completing Oral Histories with Students 5:45 - 6:00 Conclusions and Oklahoma Humanities opportunities for teachers. Teachers who participate in the two-hour digital workshop will receive copies of The Oral History Manual, tripods for digital recording devices, and more. Registration for the workshop is required and space is limited.