A smart use for that smartphone: oral history


If smartphones are so smarty, why don't they record our families' oral histories?

Um. That's on you.

The good news is that it's easy to use your smartphone to make quality recordings of your family's oral history.  But when it comes to capturing oral histories, that old quip "Why do today what you can put off til tomorrow" just won't cut it. 

Why?

Tomorrow may bring an illness that keeps your aging family members from sharing their memories with you. It may bring a stroke that leads to an inability to talk. It may bring dementia that rips away the ability to remember. 

So, there's no time like the present to get started. Visit the Hot Spring County Historical Society's workshop and learn how!

HOW TO RECORD ORAL HISTORIES WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE (workshop)
          Date:  Saturday, March 11
          Time:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 hours of community service; HSC students will receive certificates to prove participation)
          Place: Hot Spring County Historical Society's Heritage House, 118 W. Second St., Malvern
          Cost: Non-student fee is $15 per person
          Registration deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 10; RSVP to ronnapennington@yahoo.com
          Teacher: Ronna Pennington, author/historian, educator, former journalist (That's me)
          Class organized by Bennie Lambert, historian/educator
          Lambert & Pennington are both members of the Hot Spring County Historical Society
Participants will learn what to ask (& how to ask it) when conducting oral history interviews, legal considerations, smartphone setting recommendations and troubleshooting, and what to do with the completed recording.STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 AND UP ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP along with the general public.


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