South County Museum is excited to announce the launch of the Ohh! Lab, an “oral history hub” that will record the stories of local residents for posterity. By collecting oral histories of Rhode Island residents, the Ohh! Lab promotes the pursuit of public humanities and preserves southern Rhode Island’s shared past, present, and future.

The Ohh! Lab establishes unique partnerships, bridging communities and generations to ensure quality oral histories and share them with new audiences. Thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the oral history hub will ensure the digital preservation of new and existing collections, and in turn help develop future exhibits. The Ohh! Lab’s inaugural project collects oral histories with people in the Point Judith commercial fishing community, which will be held in the Rhode Island Historical Society for preservation and public access.

Local volunteers and URI students are essential to the pilot program. With these new fellowships, participants develop skills to become certified volunteer interviewers for South County Museum and will be able to conduct their own quality oral histories. The museum is currently undergoing the reconstruction of a library and radio grade recording studio to house the Ohh! Lab, with a goal of being fully operational by the end of July.

All are encouraged to participate as interviewers or narrators. Opportunities to take part in the Ohh! Lab are available throughout the next several months. Click the button below to schedule an oral history interview.

 


The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.