Free Online Oral History workshop, Sat. Nov. 7, 2020

Register here for the 4th Annual Kent, Washington We Are History Keepers! The Ethnic Heritage Council, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections and special co-hosts the Greater Kent Historical Society will be joined by Kent Meridian Senior High Key Club Members to feature sessions on gathering and preserving significant stories about the lives and experiences of individuals, families, and communities.

The workshop will start at 9:00 am with an interactive instruction session on planning, conducting, and preserving oral history projects. Instruction and online resources will cover best practices in conducting an oral history program, including before, during, and after the interviews. Don’t miss the special presentation of a recent Zoom oral history project conducted by UW iSchool students.

Three members of the Kent Meridian Senior High School Key Club will present their experiences recording their family histories. Key Club is an international student-led organization that helps members with opportunities to provide service in their communities, to build character, and to develop the leadership skills needed in the future. Kent Meridian Senior High is part of Pacific Northwest District, Division 32 PNW Kiwanis.

Register here to receive a Zoom link and join us from 9:00 am to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.

ONLINE – We Are History Keepers Workshop, Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 am

Register and join us online
for a We Are History Keepers 
workshop – July 25, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
on Zoom!

Our originally planned workshop was scheduled to take place in the Crossroads Community Center for Bellevue and Eastside ethnic communities and historical organizations. Instead, interactive sessions will held online and led by University of Washington archivists and librarians. Topics to be covered at the workshop are organizing and preserving paper archives, digital files – including photos, and archiving audiovisual media. 

The workshop is FREE and open to all!
Registration is required and space is limited!  
A Zoom link will be provided to each registrant before the workshop.
Virtual “Doors” open at 9:30 am. Program begins at 10:00 and ends at 12:00 noon.

Learn more about the We Are History Keepers workshops and our upcoming events.
Contact us for more information.

Anne Jenner
Pacific Northwest Curator
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

We Are History Keepers is a program developed by the
Ethnic Heritage Council
and the
University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Support comes from 4Culture.

History Keepers featured in UW Columns Magazine

A recent article published in the University of Washington alumni magazine called Shaping the future of history highlights the History Keepers workshops – free and open to the public – and offered several times a year in different place within the Puget Sound region. The next scheduled workshop will be held in Kent, Washington at the Kent Commons on October 12, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The article features beautiful photos of artifacts belonging to the Korean American Historical Society and comments by Mel Kang about what they learned from the workshops and the materials provided.

The Turkish American Cultural Association has also benefited from the workshops. “The tools and case studies presented at the workshops helped our researchers in the Turkish community save tons of hours so that we don’t have to invent something new on oral history projects,” says Ozgur Koc, a member of the board of directors of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington. “The workshops have helped us build relationships with other communities that we never have met.

Please contact us about your interest!

Join us for Tacoma History Keepers! Workshop – September 8, 2018

TACOMA History Keepers image copy

All are welcome to join us for We Are History Keepers – Tacoma!  – a free daylong workshop on preserving the historical and cultural record of your family and community – a program brought to you by the Ethnic Heritage Council, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Washington State Historical Society.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma. 

Sessions will include: small group instruction on sorting and preserving papers and records of your families and cultural organizations; creating exhibits; organizing and preserving your photo collections; conducting oral histories; cultural preservation through storytelling; and more!   Library, archives, and museum professionals from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, UW Tacoma Library, and the Washington State Historical Society will lead the program. 

A part of the We Are History Keepers! program is pausing midday for a lunch prepared by one of our participating organizations.  The Asia Pacific Cultural Center will serve a delicious lunch of Asian Pacific foods for a $15 cash donation per person. Reserve lunch(es) and indicate vegetarian, if required, when you RSVP to:

Participants are also invited to share a completed history project or work in progress. If you or your youth have a visual display to exhibit, please let us know when you RSVP for the event. 

We Are History Keepers! is co-created by the Ethnic Heritage Council and the University of Washington LibrariesTacoma History Keepers! is funded in part by the Washington State Historical Society, the Heritage League of Pierce County and 4 Culture

Learn more about We Are History Keepers! on our website.  

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TACOMA History Keepers Sept 2018 flyer

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