Providing tools to collect the oral histories of those in our community is the current project of the North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC). For thousands of years, people have been collecting and learning from oral information passed down from one generation to the next. Today, collecting oral histories provides a different kind of information than what is found in history books: people's personal and subjective memories, their narratives of lived experience, and their own stories surrounding events in their lives helping us understand who we are. Oral histories bring multiple voices, including many ignored or underrepresented voices, into public conversations and the historical record.
A free intensive workshop on Saturday, September 29 from 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. is open to the general public 18 years and over. The workshop blends teaching the mechanics of HD camera operation and the art of producing oral history in a one-day 8-hour workshop. The first topic used for the project-based training will be "Life in Vanport." This is an outreach to the community to capture any remaining stories about a lost city, once an important part of Portland, before it is too late.
The upcoming NPMTC workshop is taught by Tim Rooney and Miae Kim, experts in videography and oral history documentation. The NPMTC workshop takes place at The Skanner, 415 N. Killingsworth, Portland, 97217. "Life in Vanport" is sponsored by The Skanner Foundation and a matching grant from Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission.
For more information about the workshop or to register, go to www.npmtc.com . You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 503-285-5555, x 521. Registration is required prior to workshop date.