Webb City Historical Society

To collect, preserve and share the history of the Webb City, MO area.


November Program Planned

Posted by Monica Vaughn on October 31, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Webb City Historical Society Presents

“Collecting an Oral Family History”

Saturday, November 15th at 10:00 at

The Clubhouse 115 N. Madison

What Is Oral History? Oral history is the systematic collection of living people's testimony about their own experiences. Oral history depends upon human memory and the spoken word. The human life span puts boundaries on the subject matter that we collect with oral history. We can only go back one lifetime, so our limits move forward in time with each generation. Collecting oral history, we have a sense of catching and holding something valuable from the receding tide of the past.

Jeanne Sneddon, retired Carthage R-9 Teacher will be our guest speaker. Jeanne graduated from Utah State University with a degree in history. Returning to college in 1992, she obtained a degree in Secondary Education at Missouri Southern.

As an educator, teaching history at Carthage R-9 for 17 years, she assigned her students to interview a family member and conduct an oral history of the family. Many families now have a written and an audio recording of the lives of their loved ones. Every person has a story of worth for future generations. Jeanne is excited to share with you tips and steps to help you complete an oral history of YOUR family!




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