In 2005 the JMU History Department initiated the Shenandoah
Valley Oral History Project
under the direction of Dr.
Daniel Kerr. Using high quality digital recording
equipment, students have conducted and transcribed dozens of
interviews with people whose histories have largely gone
untold. Students have interviewed poultry farmers and
processing workers, labor and civil rights activists, Native
Americans, Latino immigrants, ex-offenders, homeless people, gays,
lesbians and bisexuals throughout the Shenandoah Valley.
These interviews will be archived with Carrier Library and
are now available via the internet. Students taking
the course Oral History and Social Justice explore ways to
make this material accessible to the public through the
production of pamphlets, radio documentaries and websites.