Wanted – Oral History Project Coordinator

Santee Historical Society is looking for a volunteer  Project Coordinator for our Oral History Project.  We put out a call to our residents to record their memories of Santee before 1980, and we have been overwhelmed with the response.  It has been wonderful.

Our good luck is your good fortune.  Now we need someone that is willing to coordinate the effort to get all these memories recorded.  Contacts need to be made, and appointments set for interviews.    Some Oral Histories will be done by personal interview at homes, or at the Barn, by  telephone or by questionnaire.  The Oral History Coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects of the oral history project, including recruiting and training volunteers for the project.

Part of the job is to secure volunteers to interview these people and ensure that written summaries of the interviews are made.    You will also be coordinating with a local celebrity in his filming of some of the interviews.

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the project, including:

– recruiting, supporting and coordinating volunteers;
– organizing interviews and appropriate training for volunteers;
– undertaking research and creating materials for use on the website & temp exhibit;

– organizing and publicizing the project’s program of events.


Applicants for Oral History Project Coordinator should have previous experience working with volunteers, knowledge of and interest in history, an understanding of oral history and experience in interviewing techniques.  They should also have excellent organizational and communication skills.  This is a volunteer job, and the coordinator would need to join the Santee Historical Society.

This is a lot of work, but it can be an opportunity to have your work seen by tens of thousands on the internet.    If you are interested, please send your resume to us at  info@santeehistoricalsociety.org


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