The Tabb Center offers periodic oral history workshops, open to the public, in collaboration with local curators, archivists, and representatives of Baltimore Speaks, a network of oral historians. Attendees gain a working knowledge of oral history: a field of study and a method of recording, preserving, and interpreting people’s experiences of the past through the prism of the present.

Contact Dr. Joseph Plaster at jplaste1@jhu.edu if you would like to receive information about future workshops.

Past Workshops

“Doing Oral History in Baltimore,” a series of three workshops in April 2022, supported individuals and institutions in recording, archiving, and interpreting under-documented histories in Baltimore, with a focus on the city’s Black history.

Press coverage: Jamie Crow, “Retelling Baltimore History through Community Narratives,” The Hub, May 6, 2022.

participants practicing oral history interviews
workshop participatants in a conference room

Why Oral History Matters and Project Planning

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 10:30am-1:30pm
Oral history as a social justice project, project design, ethical and legal issues

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Workshop facilitators:

  • Hosted by: Angela Koukoui, Co-Director of JHU/UB Community Archives Program, University of Baltimore
  • Kelly E. Navies, Museum Specialist in Oral History at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Tonika Berkley, Co-Director of JHU/UB Community Archives Program, Johns Hopkins University
  • Debra Elfenbein, Special Collections Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Art and Craft of Interviewing

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10:30am-1:30pm
Doing an interview–before, during, and after.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Workshop facilitators:

  • Hosted by: Angela Koukoui, Co-Director of JHU/UB Community Archives Program, University of Baltimore
  • Linda Shopes, Independent Oral Historian, Baltimore Speaks
  • Bria Warren, Billie Holiday Center for Liberation Arts Community Archives Fellow, Baltimore Speaks

Transcribing, Archiving, and Mobilizing Oral History

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10:30am-1:30pm
Archival practices, exhibitions, publications, and community organizing.

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
847 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Hosted by: Angela Koukoui, Co-Director of JHU/UB Community Archives Program, University of Baltimore
  • Aiden Faust, Associate Director of Special Collections and Archives, University of Baltimore
  • Catherine Mayfield, Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore Speaks
  • Joseph Plaster, Inheritance Baltimore, Tabb Center
  • Panel facilitated by Sheri Parks, MICA’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives:
  • Megan McShea, Independent Audiovisual Archivist
  • Daisy Brown, The Peale’s Storytelling Ambassador
  • Jodi Hoover, Digital Resources Manager, Digital Maryland
  • Maria Day, Director, Special Collections & Conservation, Maryland State Archives