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Oral History Essentials

  • Boothbay Region Historical Society 72 Oak Street Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538 United States (map)
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Learn how to engage in an oral history interview, starting with the equipment and resources you'll need and good recording practices. We’ll cover what kind of questions to ask during an interview and how to ask them. We’ll listen to examples, talk about what makes a good interview, and how to best transform that for an audience. If there is time, we’ll do some practice interviewing. 

This half-day program will cover:

  • How to conduct an oral history interview
  • Equipment & resources
  • Good recording practices
  • Best practices: legal releases, archiving, how to make your oral history accessible, etc.

Registration Fees: $45 for non-members; $30 for MAM members

To learn more about the workshop or register visit the Maine Archives and Museums website. 


photo by Ann Hedley Rousseau

photo by Ann Hedley Rousseau

This workshop is presented by Meghan Vigeant of Stories to Tell, an audio production service that brings together oral history and documentary storytelling to help people and organizations save their stories, history, and voices.

Meghan Vigeant is an oral historian and writer. She began her oral history work in 2009 as an Island Institute Fellow on Swan’s Island. There she produced a series of oral histories and documentaries, and authored the book Guts, Feathers, and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island, Maine. In 2013 she started Stories To Tell to help families and organizations record their stories as audio productions. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She has worked in theater, public radio, and museums. She enjoys teaching creative writing, storytelling, oral history, and documentary to students ages eight to eighty. 


The Venue


Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at the 1874 home of Elizabeth F. Reed and its grounds, Fullerton Park.  They offer six rooms of artifacts, photographs, maps, memorabilia, town records, local newspapers, family histories, account books, and more.

Directions and parking: Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at 72 Oak Street in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. From US Route One, take Maine Route 27 towards Boothbay.  Continue on Route 27 into Boothbay Harbor.  A minute or two after the stop light at the Hannaford, Route 27 splits and becomes one-way.  Immediately after that split, Boothbay Region Historical Society is on your right (72 Oak Street, a white 19th-century house).  There is parking on the left side of the street.  Participants can call Kathy Goldner at 207-322-3446 with any directional or parking questions.


Registration will be open online through Sunday, May 20.  To register after this date, contact Kathy Goldner at 207-322-3446.

MAM members enjoy discounted registration.  If you're not already a member, join today!

Due to space limitations, registration for this event is limited to 20 participants.

Earlier Event: May 2
Storytelling 101
Later Event: May 30
True Stories