In recent years, spoken heritage has grown in prominence as a medium within the wider field of heritage documentation. This is due in part to the explosion of new technologies, including sophisticated digital recording equipment and computer software, that have been developed and that are now both widely available and affordable to those documenting our heritage.
VOICES FROM QUEBEC was an educational program undertaken in 2008-2009 in which English-speaking students from across Quebec worked hand in hand with writers and local historians to carry out research on their communities. The program, which entailed the recording of oral-history and the crafting of audio documentaries, was developed by Blue Metropolis Foundation in collaboration with QAHN.
Oral History Consultant: Reenie Marx
Authors: Louise Abbott, Phil Jenkins and Joseph Graham
Broadcast journalist: Mark D. Goldman
Sound editor: John Sellekaers
Project Coordination: Maïté de Hemptinne
SPOKEN HERITAGE ON-LINE MULTIMEDIA INITIATIVE (SHOMI)
QAHN's "Spoken Heritage On-line Multimedia Initiative" will preserve and disseminate oral histories from Quebec’s English-speaking communities.
Existing oral history collections in English-speaking communities will be preserved through digitization and new oral histories will be collected. An on-line database of these collections will be launched in 2011.
Throughout the project's duration, participating museums and historical societies will incorporate their digitized oral history collections into multimedia heritage exhibits. Currently, exhibitions at Heritage New Carlisle and the Missisquoi Museum are open for visitation. Upcoming exhibitors include the Greenwood Centre for Living History and the Alfie Roberts Institute.
PODCASTS (Voices from Quebec):