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Oral History Workshop

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/16/2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location
Austin History Center, Reception Room/Holt Gallery

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REGISTER NOW:  VERY FEW SEATS LEFT

The Austin History Center Association’s Oral History Committee will host a free training session on collecting oral history, facilitated by William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission’s Military Oral History Coordinator.

The workshop is designed for people to learn how to conduct, record, and transcribe all types of oral histories, including hands-on training with digital and video recording equipment.

Location: Austin History Center, Holt Gallery/Reception Room
Light refreshments will be served
Parking is available in the Austin Public Library lot on Guadalupe between 8th and 9th streets, and on the street. You will have to purchase a parking sticker at the city’s “P” kiosk, using credit card or coins, at $1 per hour.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
This event will take 30 reservations. To be officially registered, please send an email with your phone number and indicating your interest to Allison Supancic at asupancic@austinhistory.net. We will only take a single reservation for the person emailing in. Please make sure you receive a confirmation email. We will make final confirmation phone calls in the days leading up to the training. We will keep a waiting list once we have reached 30 reservations. Please be 100% sure in your intent to attend. Thank you! For more information, call 512-270-0132.

Facilitator: William McWhorter
William A. McWhorter is the Military Sites Program and Oral History Program Coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission (THC), he joined the THC in August 2005. A native of Eagle Pass, TX, Mr. McWhorter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Marketing in 1998.
Mr. McWhorter enrolled in Texas State University-San Marcos, where he earned his Master of Arts in History with a focus in American military history in May 2005. That same year the U.S. Army Military History Institute (Carlisle, PA) awarded Mr. McWhorter a research grant for his scholarship on the 106th Infantry Division, the “Golden Lions” during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Mr. McWhorter heads up the THC’s major initiative, Texas in World War II that consists of several commemorative, educational and heritage tourism focused projects, including a statewide survey of more than 1,600 military and home front sites, a series of oral history training workshops, 21 special historical markers, various publications and a one-of-a-kind historic research and interpretation project on Japanese, German and Italian civilian detainment sites in Texas during World War II. In 2011, Mr. McWhorter and his colleagues received the American Association for State and Local History national Leadership in History Award of Merit.
Concurrently, McWhorter coordinates the THC’s grant funded Texas in the Civil War projects that consist of the Texas Civil War Monuments Fund (which places granite monuments at battlefields outside Texas); multiple research, interpretive and heritage tourism projects on the Battle of Palmito Ranch, and the THC’s Texas Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Initiative.
Mr. McWhorter has had multiple academic journal articles, a cover article on the Battle of Palmito Ranch in the Civil War Trust’s Hallowed Ground, and numerous public history articles published. In addition, to the before mentioned key agency projects, Mr. McWhorter handles the THC’s military sites consultations part of the agency’s Federal Review Program, and all military history associated assignments; from the state’s war of independence to Operation Enduring Freedom.————————————————————————————-AHCA’s Oral History Committee is chaired by Ruthann Rushing