[CANCELLED] SAVE IT! How to collect and organize family and community life stories | Mechanics' Institute

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[CANCELLED] SAVE IT! How to collect and organize family and community life stories
with Basya Petnick

This course is offered in partnership with the California Genealogical Society.

As our elders age and the pace of life in the 21st century quickens, using oral history to preserve family and community memories is more vital than ever. This one-day workshop will help jumpstart your project by focusing on the two most important aspects of oral history projects: the art of the interview and the art and technology of presentation. 

Learn how to: 

· conduct a good interview - ask great questions  

· plan your project

· select and use the right equipment 

· produce excellent final products: beautiful books, or creative audio/video presentations

Basya Petnick has studied and practiced oral history for twenty-five years. She is the founder and owner of Books & Lives, a San Francisco company that produces oral history and memory projects for families, communities, and institutions. Petnick directed San Francisco Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Alumni Memoir Project. She recently completed the oral history of Cantor Roslyn Barak in partnership with the Oral History Center at University of California, Berkeley. She will publish the oral history of Rabbi Stephen Pearce this fall. She is a lecturer and panelist in her field and a member of the Oral History Association.

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.


MI Members $100
CA Genealogical Society $100
Public $125
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4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling 415-393-0101.

Future Activities

Oct 18 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Photograph of a typewriter

Oct 19 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch: Book Marketing Pros Panel
Speakers include Eileen Duhne, Brenda Knight and Sue Wilhite

Oct 25 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Oct 30 - 5:30pm

Knit Happens
Last Tuesdays of the Month