The History Design Lab has sponsored several events and group projects during Oberlin’s Winter Term. In 2020, we organized an oral history institute that featured alums, faculty, staff, and students engaged in discussions of how to conduct effective interviews, the ethics of doing oral history, and strategies for developing collaborative oral history projects. In 2022, there was a History Design Lab Winter Term Group Project, where 14 students spent three weeks learning l new techniques and methods for recovering, researching, and interpreting the past and gaining experience with a range of digital tools used by historians, including Omeka, Scalar, Storymaps, Timeline JS, and OHMS (the Oral History Metadata Synthesizer).

“The project merged two things I am interested in: history and storytelling. As a senior, I’m thinking about what I’m going to do post-grad, and this institute was a good opportunity to learn about broader fields within history that also resonated with me personally.”

Nancy Handelman ’20, “History Design Lab Advises How to Launch An Oral History Project,” January 15, 2020