Community Engagement

Public outreach remains a core mission of the Southern Oral History Program. A key tenet of the SOHP is to identify and record the stories that illuminate the many perspectives of our varied communities that are often left out of history books.  We share these stories creatively, such as through the “Listening to History” newspaper series, public events that promote discussion and curiosity about the past, on public radio, and by making our archive of over 5,000 interviews freely available online through the Southern Historical Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library.  With encouragement and guidance from former SOHP interim director Della Pollock, the SOHP has made public performances of oral history a staple of community engagement. We also serve the wider community by offering oral history workshops so that individuals and local organizations can capture their own histories.