The Public History program has had numerous opportunities to work on oral historians and in the field of memory studies. This section presents individual student's work and class's project(s) as they pertaining to respective partner institutions and/or projects.
graduate seminar on oral history taught by Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul by providing interviewees and support. The project also represents a unique opportunity for oral history to play a role in fostering a broader community identity for the Lufkin African American community in general and for all East Texas residents regardless of race. To hear the interviews, read transcripts, and learn more, go to the project hosted by the Center for Regional Heritage Research.
The Nacogdoches African American Heritage Project (AAHP) began in 1988 as a collaborative project by the Center for East Texas Studies and the Department of History at SFASU and the Black Heritage Association of Nacogdoches. The AAHP received a Texas Oral History Association Community Award for its work in 2006. Since then it has continued to expand and grow and the oral history segment is now supported by the Center for Regional Heritage Research (CRHR). The project's archival materials relating to the project are housed at the East Texas Research Center.
- In Summer 1 2010 the AAHP graciously and excitingly agreed to work with graduate students enrolled in an SFA Public History graduate seminar on oral history taught by Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul by providing interviewees. The results are a rich history and cultural snapshot of African Americans in Nacogdoches specifically, and all of Nacogdoches generally. To hear the interviews, read transcripts, and learn more, go to the current oral history project on the CRHR website.
African American Museum Award, April 2010
- Dr. Roberts presenting award to Dr. Beisel
- African American Museum Award, April 2010 - Dr. Sandul & Dr. Beisel at Special Awards Table
Housed in the East Texas Research Center, the Dr. Bobby H. Johnson Oral History Collection represents a career of historic research and tenacious interviewing by the former History Department Professor. Dr. Johnson's interviews have been an excellent collection to utilize as we introduce students to the successes and failures of interviewing and the transcribing process. The topics include World War One, the Great Depression, World War Two, Stephen F. Austin State University, the timber industry, East Texas, and the New London School Explosion. Please note that this collection includes over two hundred interviews and we have been transcribing a few more each year since Spring 2006.
- In Spring 2015 students in the HIS308 course transcribed 10 interviews and in Fall 2015 graduate students in HIS535 (both Introduction to Public History) transcribed 13 more interviews. We are making progress. It is certainly a learning experience, especially when faced with a topic about which the transcriber is not familiar as described in the reflective essays of Hayley Hasik and Shelby Winthrop.
- In Spring 2008 students in the combined graduate and undergraduate HIS535/HIS308 Introduction to Public History course transcribed interviews conducted in the 1990s by Dr. Bobby H. Johnson. This one is Oral History #440 with Mr. Blount, a Nacogdoches native. This is one example of the over 75 interviews we have transcribed. Dr. Johnson has conducted over a 1000 interviews during his career.
- In Summer 2007 graduate student Curtis Odom created lesson plans for 11th and 12th grade social studies classes based on Dr. Bobby H. Johnson's oral history interviews conducted with East Texans. Supported by an Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Grant, Curtis organized and duplicated Dr. Johnson's approximately two hundred oral histories and developed seven lesson plans.
- Realities of War - World War II
- Tuskegee Airmen - World War II
- Story of Segregation
- Oral History Procedures
The following materials were compiled by Dr. Sandul and Dr. Beisel for an Oral History Workshop on June 25, 2010 at SFASU that was free and open to the public. Dr. Bobby H. Johnson, oral historian extraordinaire, gave a very well received mid-day talk. We had 32 attendees. This workshop was co-sponsored by the Department of History and the City of Nacogdoches's Preserve America Grant.
- The Oral History Association
- Texas Oral History Association
- Baylor Institute for Oral History
- Texas Historical Commission's Fundamentals of Oral History Guidelines
U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson served in Congress from 1973 until 1996. Best known for his support of the Afghan Mujahideen against the Soviet Union, Representative Wilson was a popular politician in his home region of East Texas. Wilson's official papers are available at the East Texas Research Center and they served as the basis of journalist Geroge Crile III's 2003 biography of Wilson, Charle Wilson's War. The official Charlie Wilson Oral History Project is hosted by the Center for Regional Heritage Research.
- The students collaborated on a museum exhibit about former congressperson Charlie N. Wilson, who hailed from East Texas. Utilizing oral histories recently done for the Charlie Wilson Oral History Project at SFA, the students highlighted Wilson's life and career and, impressively, created QR codes that direct viewers to websites to see videos of Wilson, as well as to provide audio clips of relevant interviews through a phone bank. The exhibit was featured in the East Texas Research Center during the summer of 2012, but you can view the exhibit as PDF file here or a PowerPoint file here, which also includes workable QR codes and the phone number to call to access oral history clips.
Collections Management Spring 2012 - Charlie Wilson Exhibit
- Posing proudly in front of the completed exhibit: Public History graduate students (L-R) Jake McAdams, Kendall Gay, Pamela Temple, Misty Hurley, and Mark Musquiz
- Public History graduate student Kendall Gay putting the final touches on a display featuring Wilson's campaign materials
- Public History graduate students Jake McAdams (hanging an exhibit panel) and Samuel Tadlock (providing guidance)
- Public History graduate students Joyce Pitts and Jake McAdams working on the exhibit
- Public History graduate students working on exhibit panels
- Public History graduate students Mark Musquiz and Pamela Temple working on exhibit panels
Charlie Wilson OH Project March 25, 2011All photographs by Dr. Perky Beisel
- 100_0095 Representative Charlie Wilson's staffers, supporters, and friends after the group interview led by Dr. Archie McDonald held in the Film Department's theater 3-25-2011
100_0084 PH student Kaitlin Wieseman, Jennifer Brancato of the ETRC, and Portia Gorman discuss the day's activities 3-25-2011
100_0064 Dr. Jeff Bremer (conducted interviews) and PH student Laura Blackburn
100_0053 Memorabilia from Charlie Wilson's campaigns donated to the East Texas Research Center 3-25-2011
- 100_0049 MA students Stephen DeLear and Carolyn Whitsitt scan items brought by participants 3-25-2011
100_0034 PH student Misty Hurley takes notes about items being donated by Peggy Love for the digital collection at the ETRC
100_0033 Dr. Troy Davis, chair of the History Department and interviewer, talks with Delores Thomas, Charlie Wilson's campaign manager
- 100_0026 Dr. Paul Sandul, organizer, speaks with Dr. Rick Berry, SFASU Provost and supporter of the Charlie Wilson OH Project 3-25-2011
- 100_0023 Mrs. Portia Gorman and Dr. Archie McDonald, group interviewer, in the morning 3-25-2011
- 100_0021 MA students Misty Hurley and Carolyn White prepare for digitizing materials brought by participants 3-25-2011
- 100_0020 MA student Carolyn Whitsitt and Jennifer Brancato (PH alum) of the ETRC discuss the day's plans for scanning 3-25-2011
- 100_0017 Dr. Scott Sosebee, Executive Director of the East Texas Historical Association and interviewer, and Dr. Paul Sandul, organizer 3-25-2011
- 100_0016 MA student Stephen DeLear prepares for the digitization process 3-25-2011
100_0013 Carolyn White discusses items brought for scanning by Peggy Love 3-25-11
Texas Oral History Association Annual Conference April 2015Dr. Scott Sosebee and Dr. Perky Beisel took students in their undergraduate Texas History and Introduction to Public History courses to attend the TOHA Conference at Texas A&M - Commerce in April 2015. Special thanks to the East Texas Historical Association for the van and dinner!
- At the luncheon - a really great day.