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“Reinventing Realities: Creating Identity and Community through Oral History” Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference April 4-6, 2013 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Table of Contents
Welcome from the President ...............................................................................1 About SOHA .............................................................................................................2 SOHA Executive Board 2012-2013 ......................................................................3 2013 Conference Committee and Sponsors .......................................................4 List of Awards ...........................................................................................................6 Selected Local Attractions .....................................................................................7 About the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ...................................................11 Conference Map .....................................................................................................12 Special Thanks ........................................................................................................13 Conference Schedule ............................................................................................14
Welcome From the President I wish everyone a warm welcome to the annual conference of the Southwest Oral History Association! Over these next three days, from April 4th -6th, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, we will focus on the theme Reinventing Realities: Creating Identity & Community Through Oral History. Attendees will be treated to an array of workshops, panels, roundtables, and engaging speakers focusing on oral history in the Southwest region and beyond. I wish to thank Caryll Dziedziak and each member of the conference planning committee for all of their hard work and dedication in making this happen. Thanks also to Lied Libraries, UNLV College of Liberal Arts, and the William S. Boyd School of Law for their stellar support and that of a number of other generous sponsors! It is historically significant that we begin our 2013 conference on the forty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us each pause to reflect upon his profound message and continuing legacy to us all. Dr. King once said, We are not makers of history. We are made by history. Let us ponder the meaning of that quote as we go about our important work and mission to give voice to history. Not only does oral history empower our interviewees and their communities…we too are empowered.
Alva Moore Stevenson President, Southwest Oral History Association
About the Southwest Oral History Association
The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) was founded in 1981 to serve practitioners of oral history in Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico, and contiguous areas. Through publications, meetings, workshops and special events, SOHA supports and promotes oral history as a method for exploring and recording history, culture, and current experiences in the Southwestern United States. In this endeavor the association cooperates with other organizations and institutions in the region, and it maintains close ties with the national Oral History Association. Membership in SOHA provides meaningful opportunities for participation in the exchange of information and the discussion of matters of common concern among those interested in oral history throughout the Southwest region.
SOHA Executive Board 2012-2013 Past President – Claytee White President – Alva Stevenson 1st VP – Caryll Dziedziak 2nd VP – Marcia Gallo VP Membership – Rose Diaz Treasurer – Anna Cabrera Secretary – Carlos Lopez AZ Delegate – Open CA Delegate – Amy Putnam NM Delegate – Elizabeth Halpin NV Delegates – Summer Burke and Angela Moor Student Delegate – Ashley Sherry
L-R: Alva Stevenson, Elizabeth Halpin, Caryll Dziedziak, Angela Moor, Anna Cabrera, Claytee White, Rose Diaz, Ashley Sherry, Carlos Lopez. Not pictured: Marcia Gallo, Amy Putnam, and Summer Burke
2013 Conference Committee Summer Burke Caryll Dziedziak Marcia Gallo Joyce Moore Angela Moor Barbara Tabach Pat van Betten Claytee White
Sponsors The 2013 committee is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support of SOHA and this year’s conference.
College of Liberal Arts
Department of History Phi Alpha Theta, UNLV Chapter
Oral History Research Center, UNLV 4
POURING TEA: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales This dramatic reading, based on E. Patrick Johnson’s book Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History, tells the stories of black gay men, ranging in age from 19 to 93, who were born, raised and continue to live in the South, and covers topics such as coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories and coming out.
Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Clark County Library 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 507-3459. 5
Co-sponsored by Southwest Oral History Association; UNLV’s Colleges of History, Education, Fine Arts/Department of Theatre, and Liberal Arts/University Forum; UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives; Q UNLV Faculty & Staff; UNLV Graduate and Professional Student Association; and UNLV Spectrum Student Group.
Awards Annual Awards The Eva Tulene Watt scholarship is presented each year to two Native American SOHA members to attend the annual conference. Eve Tulene Watt was a distinguished White Mountain Apache elder whose narration of her family and tribal customs has assisted in the preservation of White Mountain Apache tribal culture. This award was created in her honor. 2013 Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship Winners: Jennifer Himmelreich (Navajo) Crystal Rope (Quechan/San Carlos Apache) SOHA awards mini-grants each year to students, teachers, and independent researchers, historical societies, archives, museums, and non-profits who conduct research on the Southwest. Funds may be used for interviewing, equipment, transcription, editing, publishing, and other oral history-related expenses. 2013 Mini-Grant Recipients: Dr. Carmen Samora Ryan Morini SOHA also awards two general scholarships each year to deserving oral historians and practitioners to attend the annual conference. The scholarship also includes a cash award of $300 for hotel and travel expenses. Free conference registration is included in the scholarship. 2013 General Scholarship Winners: Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz Hannah Schmidl
Mink Award The Mink Award is named for James V. Mink, an early oral history pioneer. It recognizes an important body of oral history work done in and or about the Southwest. The Past President is Chair of the Mink Award Committee.
Selected Local Attractions
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas 1/2 mile from UNLV, Hours: Mon- Thurs 10 am- 7 pm, Fri- Sun 10 am- 6 pm The Clark County Library serves as a regional resource for southern Clark County. The library houses the Southern Nevada Non-Profit Information Center and offers two theaters, a 399-seat main theater and 110-seat Jewel Box Theater. It also offers free wireless Internet access. http://www.lvccld.org/about/branch_info.cfm
National Atomic Testing Museum, 455 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas 1 mile from UNLV, Hours: Mon- Sat 10 am- 5 pm, Sun 12 pm- 5 pm The National Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site. It provides collection-based exhibits and learning activities for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. http://www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/
Nevada State Museum, 309 S. Valley View, Las Vegas 10 miles from UNLV, Hours: Fri- Mon 10 am- 6 pm Located at the site of the beautiful and historic Springs Preserve, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas offers an interactive visitor experience that interprets the history of Nevada dating back millions of years to the present. The museum features a 13,000 square-foot permanent exhibit gallery. The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. It features museums, galleries, outdoor events, colorful botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system through a scenic wetland habitat. It is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm.
Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson 14 miles from UNLV, Hours: 9 am- 4:30 pm daily The Clark County Museum is a 30-acre site that features a modern exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about southern Nevada from pre-historic to modern times and a collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, and Goldfield. http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/parks/pages/clark-county-museum.aspx
Hoover Dam and Historic Boulder City Approximately 30 miles from UNLV To visit Hoover Dam and Boulder City take US Highway 93 South and continue about twenty miles to Boulder City. The Hoover Dam visitor center is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Boulder City features many unique boutiques, restaurants, and antique shops. http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/index.html http://www.visitbouldercity.com
Las Vegas Strip Approximately 2.5 miles from UNLV The Las Vegas Strip is home to large hotel-casinos, world class dining, and shopping. Visit the historic Welcome to Las Vegas sign at the south end of the Strip near Russell Road.
Downtown Las Vegas Approximately 5 miles from UNLV Downtown Las Vegas is home to the Fremont Street Experience, the East Fremont Entertainment District, and some of the oldest hotel casinos in Las Vegas. The El Cortez Hotel, built in 1941, is the only still-operating casino on the National Register of Historic Places in Las Vegas. The nearby Neon Museum is home to the Neon Boneyard containing over 150 donated and rescued signs dating from the 1930s to present day. The Neon Museum offers tours Monday through Saturday every half-hour beginning at 10 am through sunset. Tours fill up, so reserve in advance online or at (702) 387-6366. 770 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas http://www.neonmuseum.org
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, or Mob Museum, is located in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Federal Building, built in 1933. The museum presents the story of organized crime’s impact on Las Vegas history as well as its unique imprint on America and the world. The Museum presents mob history via interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal all sides of the story about the role of organized crime in the U.S. The museum is open 10 am -7 pm Sun-Thurs, and 10 am -8 pm Fri-Sat. 300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas http://themobmuseum.org
1- UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. 2- Clark County Library 3- Atomic Testing Museum, 455 E. Flamingo 4- Nevada State Museum & Springs Preserve 5- Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Hwy 6- Las Vegas Strip 7- Downtown Las Vegas 8- Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd N. 9- Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave.
Since its first classes were held on campus in 1957, UNLV has transformed itself from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution of more than 28,000 students and 3,100 faculty and staff. Along the way, the urban university has become an indispensable resource in one of the country's fastest-growing and most enterprising cities.
The Oral History Research Center (OHRC) housed in the UNLV Library conducts, collects, and makes accessible for research audio and video interviews of members of the Las Vegas community, selected for their ability to provide reliable first-hand accounts of the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Individual oral history projects are designed to select and focus a series of interrelated histories that address a particular historical subject or theme. The OHRC is located in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections Department. The OHRC is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Conference Map 1
Tam Alumni Center Student Union Tonopah Hall Library
Parking is available off Maryland Parkway, with a long term visitor lot on Maryland Parkway and Harmon. Parking permits will be needed to park on campus on Thursday and Friday before 7 pm. The SOHA conference committee will have parking permits available to attendees. Parking is free on campus on Saturday. The Thursday night performance will be held off campus at the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo. Directions to the Clark County Library: Head north on Maryland Parkway, turn right on Flamingo Road. In about one block, the library will be on the right hand side, with parking at the rear of the library.
Special Thanks Welcome to the Southwest Oral History Association’s 2013 Annual Conference. This year’s theme of “Reinventing Realities” makes the venue selection of Las Vegas a natural choice. Our city has consistently reinvented its image from its early pioneering days, through the dicey Mob era, to its current international status as a destination-of-choice. We hope that you find the time to check out some of our popular local attractions. This conference would not have been possible without the dedication of a fabulous planning committee which has been meeting weekly since last summer to make sure that this conference is a memorable one. I’d like to thank Summer Burke, Marcia Gallo, Joyce Moore, Angela Moor, Pat van Betten, Barbara Tabach, and Claytee White. You have all given above and beyond! I also want to thank the generous SOHA Lifetime members who donated toward student scholarships. I am also very pleased to announce that SOHA has a new home! Our organization has endured too many years without the grounding of an institutional base. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will now serve as the institutional home for SOHA. This would not have been possible without the generosity of two UNLV Deans: Christopher Hudgins, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Patricia Iannuzzi, Dean of Lied Libraries. Both Deans will be taking part in our conference. So, please join us in thanking them for their gracious support of our organization. We have an exciting program ahead – enjoy! Caryll Batt Dziedziak Chair, SOHA’s 2013 Annual Conference
Thursday, April 4
3:00 pm-9:00 pm
Check in for on-campus housing, Tonopah Hall
Registration & Opening Reception, 4:00 pm- 6:30 pm TAM Alumni Center Join us for registration and the opening reception with light appetizers and drinks. “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales,” Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas
This dramatic reading, based on E. Patrick Johnson’s book Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History, tells the stories of black gay men, ranging in age from 19 to 93, who were born, raised and continue to live in the South, and covers topics such as coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Dr. E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University. If you would like to join a carpool to the performance, please meet at the Tam Alumni Center by 6:30 pm. Carpools will return to campus after the lecture.
Friday, April 5
9:00 am-1:30 pm
Registration, Student Union (SU), 2nd Floor
Welcome/Opening Plenary, Student Union, Cohen Theater Welcome: Caryll Batt Dziedziak, Conference Chair Alva Stevenson, SOHA President
10:00 am-11:45 am
Film: More Than A Face in the Crowd: the Life and Career of Actress Jane Chung Filmmaker Sami Chan explores the life of her great-aunt, Jane Chung, an actress who made a career for herself at a time when Asian Americans faced widespread racism in Hollywood. Working mostly in small parts and as an extra, Jane’s fifty-year career reflects many of the struggles and triumphs of the Asian Americans working in the entertainment industry. Jane had parts in over fifty films and TV shows including Chinatown, When Harry Met Sally, M*A*S*H, and I Love Lucy, but much of her work is uncredited. The filmmaker’s journey to uncover Jane’s many film and TV roles brings together voices from multiple generations of her family, as she seeks out those who knew Jane bet. Through the story of Jane Chung’s life and career, More Than a Face in the Crowd reveals a larger untold story of Asian American actors and extras in Hollywood. Following the film, filmmaker Sami Chan and Jane Chung’s daughter, Dr. Sue Fawn Chung, Professor of History at UNLV, will share some thoughts and answer audience questions. Lunch, Tam Grand Hall
12 pm–1:30 pm
Refreshment Room, SU 213 Coffee and water will be available throughout the conference in Room 213 in the Student Union. The silent auction and raffle will also be displayed in the room. Please visit for refreshments or to break throughout the conference and to bid on the great items in the auction and raffle.
Friday, April 5
1:45 pm-3:15 pm
Afternoon Session I: 1:45- 3:15 PM Session 1: Workshop, SU 209 Chair: Claytee White Oral History Interviewing This interactive workshop covers the essentials for an oral history interview, such as planning, research, and techniques used to make an interview successful. Claytee White is the Director of Oral History Research Center, University of Nevada Las Vegas. Session 2: Roundtable, SU 211 Chair: Emily Hobson Queering Oral History: A Roundtable on Embodied Practices Presenters will discuss the significance of oral history to the growth of LGBT/ queer history as a field. Each member will share their research topics, which include the first lesbian rights organization in the U.S. and personal relationships that foster queer oral history; black gay men in the South and oral history performance; and Black Gay Los Angeles and the problem of binaries between black and gay history. • Marcia M. Gallo is the author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement (Carroll & Graf, 2006); UNLV Assistant Professor of History. • E. Patrick Johnson is the creator of “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales;” Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University. • Kai M. Green is a doctoral candidate, Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California. • Emily Hobson (chair) is Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies & History, University of Nevada, Reno. Session 3: Panel, SU 219 Chair: Karen Harper Identity in a World of Change • The Republic of Tahrir: An Exploration of the Egyptian Revolution through Oral History. Presented by Hannah Schmidl, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. In 2012, Hannah traveled to Cairo to conduct interviews. She discovered that through oral history we are able to create unique, international community connections. • Hispano/Chicano/Latino Identity in Colorado’s San Luis Valley: Oral Histories of the Old and the New. Presented by Ernesto Sagas, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Ernesto explored the oldest Hispanic settlement in Colorado and discusses how people choose one identity over another. • Karen Harper (chair) is an independent historian from Long Beach, California.
Friday, April 5
3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Afternoon Session II: 3:30 pm-5:00 pm Session 4: Roundtable, SU 209 Chair: Barbara Tabach Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas: A Collaborative Project Learn how the African American Collaborative came to be; what organizations are involved; how are the oral histories collected; how will the various assets be connected on a soon-to-be launched web site that will be a researcher’s paradise. • Claytee D. White is Director, Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries. • Cory Lampert is the Head of Digital Collections, Library Technologies at UNLV Libraries. • Jarmilla McMillan-Arnold is an African American Collaborative Community Advisor and longtime Las Vegas resident. • Barbara Tabach (chair) is Project Manager at the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries. Session 5: Roundtable, SU 211 Chair: Jessie L. Embry Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West In 2008, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies (Brigham Young University) invited scholars to write papers that discussed how oral history can be used to document the history of the American West. This roundtable includes the volume editor Jessie Embry, the Associate Director of the Charles Redd Center and four contributors who will briefly describe the role of oral history in their work. A book that includes submissions by the panel will be released in Fall 2013 by the University of Arizona Press. • Searching for the Rest of the Story: Documenting the Dee School of Nursing. Presented by John Sillito, Professor Emeritus of Libraries, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. • Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1980. Presented by Joanne Goodwin, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada Las Vegas. • “Every Woman has a Story”: Donna Joy McGladrey’s Alaskan Adventure. Presented by Sandra K. Mathews, Professor of History, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska. • “Everybody Worked Back Then”: Oral History, Memory and Indian Economics in Northern Californian. Presented by William J. Bauer, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada Las Vegas. • Jessie Embry (chair) is the Associate Director of the Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University. Session 6: Special Collections Tour Host: Su Kim Chung 3rd Floor, Lied Libraries at UNLV UNLV’s Special Collections houses unique, rare, and specialized research material that documents the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the
Friday, April 5
3:30 pm-5:00 pm
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The collections include books, pamphlets, posters, serials and periodicals, scrapbooks, archives and manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, video, and audio tapes. Join Manuscript Librarian Su Kim Chung for a walking tour through the department to discover the rich archival resources available for academic and community historians. See examples of the historic photographs and maps depicting the growth of Southern Nevada as well as the personal papers of entertainment figures, noteworthy politicians, and community activists. Learn how these materials are gathered from community sources, organized, preserved. As you leave the tour, you’ll realize that Special Collections is indeed a “treasure trove” for an array of exciting oral history possibilities!
Keynote Reception, Lied Libraries Banquet Facility, 3rd Floor, 6-7:30pm Keynote Speaker: John Valery White, Executive Vice President and Provost, UNLV Provost White will share his experiences as a participant in the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association Oral History Project. The reception will take place in Lied Libraries' newly renovated banquet facility; designed to provide rich media representations of oral history projects. We are pleased to be able to showcase wonderful oral history projects from our community with this state-of-the-art facility. Special thanks to Dean of Lied Libraries, Patricia Iannuzzi for hosting the event.
Saturday, April 6
8:30 am-10:00 am
Morning Session I: 8:30 am-10:00 am Session 7: Roundtable, SU 207 Moderator: Joyce Moore Growing Up in Las Vegas: Sixty Years of Changes and Challenges So what was it like to grow up in Las Vegas? Members of the Rancho High School graduation class of 1962 will share their experiences and offer insights to participating in the collection of their oral histories. Moderator Joyce Moore is a member of the class of ’62 and Archivist in Special Collections at Lied Library, UNLV. Participants include Allin Chandler, Jim Gans, Ruth Kiley, Cheryl Leonard, Linda Littner, and Connie Sheldon.
Session 8: Panel, SU 209 Chair: Alva Stevenson Community Histories: Two approaches to preserving the stories • How Important is History to Neighborhood Identity and Sustainability? Presented by Duffie Westheimer, an independent researcher in Flagstaff, Arizona, who is using oral history interviews to discover the history of Flagstaff’s century-old Townsite neighborhood—including some who are descendants of original settlers. • Enduring Women: A Student Oral History Project Memorializing Women of the Land in Texas. Presented by Charles Porter, Assistant Professor of History at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Charles will talk about the collaborative work in his community to develop an exhibit named “Enduring Women,” which is based on oral history and associated photography. • Alva Stevenson (chair) is the Program Coordinator, UCLA Library Special Collections. Session 9: Panel, SU 211 Chair: Michael Eissinger Re-collection/Recollection: The Role of Oral History in Re-Collecting the Past The theme of individual and collective identity will be central to this panel. Each member will present on how they have “made remembering possible by utilizing oral histories and life stories in their work to re-collect silent voices.” • A Chicana Voice Re-Collected. Elvia Rodriguez, presenter, is a Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of California, Riverside. • I Hear Dead People: Fifteenth Century Familial Correspondence as Oral History. Presented by Melissa Morris, Doctoral Student, Department of History, University of Missouri at Kansas City. • Re-Collecting the Past: Fairmead Discovers Her History After 100 Years. Presented by Michael Eissinger, Doctoral Student – World Cultures Group, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art, University of California, Merced. • Haunted by the Presence of Absence: Re-Collection of the Disappeared in Argentina. Presented by Stefanie Kline, Masters Candidate, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Chico.
Saturday, April 6
10:15 am-1:30 pm
Morning Session II: 10:15- 11:45 AM Session 10: Roundtable, SU 207 Moderator: Mary Shaw Participating in an Oral History Project—Shake, Rattle and Roll! The history of the Nevada Test Site is typically told from the perspective of those who moved to Las Vegas to work there. But what about the wives and families who also relocated? They have tales of long periods of separation, coming to terms with barren desert living, and how they remained here to be part of the legacy. Meet participants in the Shake Rattle and Roll project—you’ll enjoy hearing how the project came to exist and how it earned its name. Mary Shaw helped organize the Shake, Rattle and Roll oral history project to give voice to the spouses, of which she is one. She is also a talented watercolor artist whose work can be found in the Lied Library. Session 11: Panel, SU 209 Chair: Patrick Carlton Cultivating Paths Using Oral History Narratives • Grassroots Practices and No Child Left Behind: Stories of Success in the Margins. Presented by Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, International and Multicultural Education Doctorate candidate, The University of San Francisco. Mi’Jan’s use of oral history helped her answer questions she had about grassroots teaching in marginalized communities. • You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks (But Can You Teach a New Puppy Old Tricks?): Exposing Students to Oral History Along Route 66. Presented by John R. Mitrano, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Central Connecticut University and Bruce Day, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Central Connecticut State University. The title says it all. John and Bruce will also discuss the challenges of teaching oral history to the students during the Route 66 Field Studies Program. • Big Water, Little Paths. Presented by Tom Martin, author, physical therapist, and hiking enthusiast. Tom used oral histories to uncover the life and times of Grand Canyon river running pioneer, Moulty Fulmer.” • Patrick Carlton (chair) is Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Session 12: Roundtable, SU 211 Chair: Marcia Gallo "Now What? A Conversation About What To Do After You've Done The Oral Histories..." Join an informal conversation with three experienced oral historians to discuss the practical, professional, and sometimes unanticipated uses of oral history interviews. • Dennis McBride is Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. He is a Boulder City native and a leader and expert in preserving the history of southern Nevada. He is the author of several books: In the Beginning: A History of Boulder City, Nevada; Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History of the Great Depression (with Andrew Dunar); Midnight on Arizona Street: The Secret Life of the Boulder Dam Hotel; Hard Work and Far From Home:
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10:15 am-1:30 pm
The Civilian Conservation Corps at Lake Mead; and (forthcoming) Out of the Neon Closet: Queer Community in the Silver State. In 1984, McBride established the Las Vegas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Archives at the Department of Special Collections, Lied Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pat van Betten is a former Clark County School District nurse and author of the book, Nursing Illuminations: A Book of Days. She serves as the president of the Blue Diamond History Committee, a group that formed in 2003, became a 501(c)3 organization, and has compiled over seventy oral interviews from area residents. She hosts the group's monthly meetings that plan future projects for the village located 26 miles from Las Vegas. van Betten is the 2012 winner of the prestigious Mink Award presented annually by SOHA. Marcia Gallo (chair) is the author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement (Carroll & Graf, 2006) and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Awards Luncheon, Tam Grand Hall
12 pm–1:30 pm
Join us at the SOHA Awards Luncheon where the student award and scholarship winners will be recognized. We will also be honoring the 2013 Mink Award recipient. Special thanks to UNLV College of Liberal Arts Dean Christopher Hudgins for hosting the event.
Saturday, April 6
Afternoon Session I: 1:45 pm-3:15 pm Session 13: Panel, SU 207 Chair: Vicki Rosser Varsity Voices: Problems and Prospects of Oral History in Academe • Opening Up Dialog about Closing Up Shop: Oral History as a Source of Academic Programs Facing Elimination. Presented by Susan Donoff, PhD, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, University of Nevada Las Vegas. • Remastering Realities, Contextualizing Identity, and Preserving Community: One Institution’s Forays into Oral History. Presented by Alexandra Curran and Kimberly Nordon, graduate students, School of Information, University of South Florida (Tampa). • Sunshine Statements: Curatorial and Historiographical Perspectives on Oral History in the Sun Belt. Presented by James Anthony Schnur, MA, MALS, Associate Librarian, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg. • Vicki Rosser (chair) is Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests include faculty and administrative worklife issues, leadership and academic governance, and quantitative research methods. Session 14: Panel, SU 209
Chair: Carole Terry
Understanding the Past and the Present with the Aid of Oral History Interviews
Reconstructing History: My Grandmother and St. Catherine Indian School (Santa Fe, NM). Presented by Anna M. Cabrera, Doctoral student University of New Mexico. Anna will show a short video and talk about her struggle to construct her grandmother’s narrative. Considering Ethnographic Sources in Combination with Recent Oral Interviews. Presented by Steven Elster, PhD, San Diego, California. Steven’s work involves interviews of tribal elders in Southern California. Conflicting Narratives of Power: The Los Angeles Chicano Movement as a Case Study. Presented by Virginia Espino, PhD, UCLA Center for Oral History Research. This presentation originates from an oral history series titled, “La Batalla Está Aquí: The Chicana/o Movement in Los Angeles.” Carole Terry (chair) received her PhD from the history department at UNLV and is an oral historian.
Session 15: Panel, SU 211 Chair: Caryll Batt Dziedziak Women Making News This presentation will feature Myram Borders (Las Vegas’ first UPI Bureau Manager), Chris Chrystal (Las Vegas’ first full-time female television reporter), Mary Hausch (longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter), and Mary Manning (long time Las Vegas Sun reporter) conversing with Caryll Batt Dziedziak about their journalistic careers as “female firsts” covering Las Vegas news during the
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1960s and 1970s. Borders, Chrystal, Manning, and Hausch are energetic and highly entertaining; sure to engage attendees with their recollections of making news as “female firsts” while making news as journalists in the ever-iconic Sin City. Caryll Batt Dziedziak (chair) is first vice-president of SOHA and adjunct professor of history at UNLV.
Saturday, April 6
3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Afternoon Session II: 3:30 pm-5:00 pm Session 16: Roundtable, SU 207 Moderators: Ashley Sherry and Carlos Lopez A SOHA Pilot Project: How an Online Journal can be the Next Step in Scholarship SOHA’s Executive Council has looked at ways to increase the presence and participation of emerging scholars in the organization. An online peer-reviewed journal has been proposed. This is your opportunity to learn more and to contribute to the discussion of this laborious undertaking. Ashley Sherry, Doctoral student at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Carlos Lopez, PhD candidate at Arizona State University. Session 17: Roundtable, SU 209 Moderator: Angela Moor Students of SOHA This session highlights the diversity of work done by graduate student members of SOHA. Students will present on their work and then open up to a discussion between the panelists and audience about their exciting and innovative projects. • Creating an Oral History Collection and Writing a Dissertation: Finding Sources with Multiple Uses. Presented by Summer Burke, PhD candidate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Summer will talk about how she identified a specific sect of participants who lived through various aspects of the educational equality movement era in Denver. It will discuss why memory, race, and social justice are pertinent aspects to sports history, particularly when it comes to oral history. • Using Oral History to Understand Place and Personal Identity. Presented by Cynthia Cicero, MA student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Cynthia will describe her perspective on how to use oral histories in research, and will also offer practitioners insight regarding the challenges we face after the interview and transcript are already completed. • New Media History: Methods, Best Practices and Technical Obstacles Found in Accessing Identity and Community through Voices of NEW Leadership Nevada. Presented by Kristin Guthrie, MA student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kristin will address the methods she used, obstacles she confronted, and best practices she developed during the production of the Voices of NEW Leadership Nevada, a video based oral history project.
Saturday, April 6
5:30 pm-7:00 pm
SOHA Business Meeting & Closing Reception 5:30pm–7pm Tam Trent Lounge All members are encouraged to join us at the SOHA Business Meeting and closing reception where members will vote on SOHA business and celebrate the end of another successful conference. We will also be announcing the winners of the raffle and silent auction.
Thank You The SOHA Conference Committee would like to extend our thanks to all of the panelists who submitted great papers to the 2013 program. We also want to thank all the attendees of being part of this year’s conference. We also want to express appreciation to the staff of the UNLV History Department, Lied Libraries, and the Student Union for their assistance during the planning of the conference and their support during the conference. We are also very grateful to all the volunteers who helped before and during the conference. We also want to say thank you to all of the SOHA Lifetime members who generously donated toward student scholarships this year. We cannot say thank you enough to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and to Dean Christopher Hudgins (College of Liberal Arts) and Dean Patricia Iannuzzi (Lied Libraries) for coming together to generously create an institutional home for the Southwest Oral History Association at UNLV. Finally, we want to acknowledge this year’s sponsors and say thank you again for their generous support. Check the SOHA website for updates and news about of the 2014 conference.
College of Liberal Arts
Department of History Phi Alpha Theta, UNLV Chapter