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Strategies for Oral and Video Histories: “Modern Masters” and the Minnesota State Capitol

Tangible forms of evidence—buildings, landscapes, images, and documents—are integral to architectural and landscape history, but what of the memories of those who have shaped these environments and the experiences of those who have engaged and reshaped them? Oral and video histories have the potential to broaden the range of voices involved in the production of historical knowledge. This workshop presents methods for producing oral and video histories that you can adapt to your own projects. Specialists in videography and the use of smartphones for photography and recording will present various tools and techniques, and an oral historian will discuss best practices and ethical issues. To illustrate these methods, the workshop will feature clips from the “Modern Masters” video oral history series, which documents “the architects, landscape architects, designers, historians, educators, critics, clients, and patrons who have made significant contributions to modernism in Minnesota.” To demonstrate these methods, the workshop will conclude with the production of short video interviews with people involved in the recent (and controversial) restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Water, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please bring your smartphone or other comparable device.

SAH members can purchase tickets for this event through the member portal when registering for the Saint Paul conference. Eventbrite ticket sales are open to the general public.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
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