The Oral History Workshop   -     By: Cynthia Hart
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The Oral History Workshop

Workman Publishing / 2009 / Paperback

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Capture a living legacy by sitting down with a loved one and asking them to share their stories. This step-by-step guide breaks the project down into manageable tasks. Learn how to prepare and conduct an interview, and what you can do to keep the conversation on track. Included are lots of thought-provoking questions to get your interviewees reminiscing.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.75 X .50 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780761151975
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Publisher's Description

We all know that we should ask now, before it's too late, before the stories are gone forever. But knowing and doing are two different things.

Cynthia Hart, author of Cynthia Hart's Scrapbook Workshop, shows exactly how to collect, record, share, and preserve a family member's or a friend's oral history in this practical and inspirational guide. The Oral History Workshop breaks down what too often feels like an overwhelming project into a series of easily manageable steps: how to prepare for an interview; how to become a better listener; why there's always more beneath the surface and the questions to ask to get there; the pros and cons of video recording, including how your subjects should dress so the focus is on their words; four steps to keeping the interview on track; how to be attentive to your subject's energy levels; and the art of archiving or scrapbooking the interview into a finished keepsake.

At the heart of the book are hundreds of questions designed to cover every aspect of your subject's history: Do you remember when and how you learned to read? Who in your life showed you the most kindness? What insights have you gained about your parents over the years? Would you describe yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? In what ways were you introduced to music? What is the first gift you remember giving? If you could hold on to one memory forever, what would it be? When the answers are pieced together, a mosaic appears—a living history.

Author Bio

Cynthia Hart is a renowned designer and artist, and the owner/curator of The Cynthia Hart Collection of Cherished Images. She is the author of Cynthia Harts Victoriana Calendar, Cynthia Hart's Scrapbook Workshop, The Love of Lace, Parlor Cats, and other books. Her designs have been licensed to fragrance, gift, stationery, and home furnishing companies. Her studio is in New York City.

Lisa Samson, a co-founding partner of Pangolin Pictures, has produced documentaries for WNET, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and A&E. She holds a Master's degree in history and archival management from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Wilmington, Delaware.

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    This writing discusses in detail how vitally crucial oral health is to every individual for the overall health of the entire body. The essay shows how oral health issues can affect many systems of the human body and how neglect can complicate pregnancies and even heart disease. It is obvious that a severe lack of knowlegde about good oral health and patient compliance is a major issue in America today with the staggering amount of people neglecting issues from treatable gum disease to tooth loss and oral cancer. This essay also covers what actions can be taken by the general population as well as our public health officials to educate the American population and ensure oral health improvements across the board. There are quotes from reliable sources such as the Surgeon General stating how important good oral health is and how people are completely unaware the population is about this important issue. Concluding this essay, there is a call for action from public health officials and the American public to assist in educating the vast majority who so desperately need it.
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