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The digital collection at UW-Madison Oral History Archives
Oral History: What is it, and what is it good for?

Troy Reeves oversees what he casually calls 'oral history activities' at the UW-Madison Archives, which is a part of the UW-Madison Libraries. Troy's expertise as an oral historian is highly sought after and he has been involved in many successful WHC-funded projects.

Troy believes strongly in the power, and value, of oral histories. So we asked him to share with you some of what he does when he is working with groups to get oral history projects started on solid footing.

The key words, which Troy explains in context, are:

Keep reading to learn how the three C's can be done well as part of a good oral history project.

Veterans Museum Working Warriors Exhibit panel
Exhibit Opens June 3rd, Manitowish Waters

About 75% of military work is considered non-combat.

This work rarely makes the headlines, but it is vital to every military operation. This exhibit features photos, both modern and historic, to highlight the work of military service personnel in roles such as beauticians, military police, dentists, mechanics, and photographers.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council is proud to support this exhibition tour as part of The Working Lives Project. It is in this side of military life that we often see the most connections with our own lives and can relate to the ways we are all 'making a living and making a life.'

Read more about how to see the exhibit at the Frank B. Kohler Memorial Library, or at another stop near you, on our Calendar.