History of the Program

 Reimagining Oral History at UNR


The former statewide Oral History Program lost university funding in 2009, and was slated to be closed. Rather than lose it completely, the Department of History offered to incorporate the much-diminished program. From 2009 until the present, the Department of History has staffed and funded the program with its own resources and a small amount of endowment income. The Department, in 2013, imagined a new oral history program, one that was included in the effort of a more expansive academic force: The Shared History Program. This effort to expand and re-energize oral history at UNR was driven by a desire to incorporate more community partners, faculty involvement, and student participation; SHP has done all that and more.