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[NOTE : After a seven year's silence, we are going to try to crank up the Newsletter again. Hopefully it will appear three times a year. In order to assure such astonishing regularity, the Editorship has been snatched from me (I'm delighted!) and placed in the responsible hands of Florence Ireland. I wish her luck, and I know you all join me in that.--E.D.I.]

On October 21th the Archives staff travelled to Camden, Maine to put on a workshop entitled, "Oral History and the Bicentennial." It was a day-long affair sponsored jointly by the Northeast Folklore Society and the Maine Historical Society. It was intended for people in local historical societies, librarians, and anyone else seriously interested in learning about oral history techniques. Staff included Sandy Ives, Ken Whitney, David Littleton-Taylor, Flo Ireland, Wayne Bean, and Jo Walker. The morning session featured presentations from the staff on technique and former and present projects on which they are or have been involved. After lunch the group was broken down into workshops so that the participants could try their own hand at interviewing each other. The day ended around 5:30 with an informal "rap session" in one of the lounges. In order to be most effective the workshop was limited to fifty registrants, which means that something like thirty people had to be refused registration. For these people, and for others interested by then, there will be another such program in the spring. We'll keep our members posted, of course. Much of the success of the program was due to Gerald Morris' hard organizational work. He's Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society, and the whole workshop was his idea to begin with.


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