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Powerful narrations : incorporating oral history into the museum model

Powerful Narrations: Incorporating Oral History into the Museum Model seeks to investigate how museums can effectively collect and utilize oral history collections. In response to the limited current literature on oral history’s role in museums, four case studies representing diverse museums with oral history programs were examined in conjunction with the relevant literature in the field of oral history. Through this research it becomes apparent that oral histories can be a tremendous resource for museums. By utilizing oral history collections, museums become more engaging and relevant to the community they serve. Museums are increasingly recognizing the value of oral history. However, establishing an oral history program can be a daunting endeavor for museum staff. This thesis provides recommendations and guidance for museum employees on how to successfully incorporate oral history into the museum model.

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