Free oral history workshop Saturday at Abbott Memorial Library

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DEXTER — On the afternoon of Saturday, April 14 the Abbott Memorial Library will welcome Keith Ludden and Molly Graham of Oral History and Folklife Research Inc, which is dedicated to preserving the stories, recollections and voices of Maine people, events and movements. The pair will be conducting this free public workshop that will cover topics such as interviewing, sound recording, legal issues, practice interviewing and processing and archiving materials. The workshop is scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with one break for refreshments.

Ludden is an oral historian, radio journalist and folklorist. He holds a M.A. from Western Kentucky University. Graham holds an M.A. in library science and is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

The varied and multitudinous voices retelling and remembering Maine’s unique way of life, language and history strengthens the connection with the past and enables a better understanding of the events that have shaped the state. Oral history is an effective means for exploring the forces that change our communities. People explore history through recorded interviews that preserve an interviewee’s memories and experience; and their perspective on history.

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