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BERKELEY―Workshop: Discovering and Preserving Your Family’s Story

July 28, 2019 @ 3:30 am6:30 am

Free – $18

BERKELEY―Join a dynamic and fun workshop, taught by a seasoned oral historian and a genealogist. Learn how to probe for and learn the generational truths of your family through the art of oral history, and immerse in deeper explorations through modern techniques in genealogical research. Learn about modern tools available to you, and modern techniques for discovering your family’s ancient as well as more recent past. Furthermore, learn the right techniques to preserve your discoveries for generations to come. In the oral history portion of the workshop, discuss ethics, etiquette, audio visual recording techniques, building a story and an appropriate questionnaire as well as the general philosophy of the oral history interviewing. Participants will receive a training packet and practice documentation techniques on the in-house recording equipment. Mock interviews will be held during the session. For those who are inclined, you will be matched to a local Partition era (1940s) witness who is waiting to have their stories recorded, after you complete the workshop. Lunch provided. Optional ticket donations cover lunch and logistical costs.

This workshop is part of a larger event series during a 10 day pop-up exhibition Refugees of the British Empire. From July 27 through August 3, join 1947 Partition Archive for an audio visual pop-up exhibit at their Berkeley office. Refugees of the British Empire explores hidden truth about our global history. Learn about the little-known but largest mass refugee crisis that unfolded when the British empire broke up after World War II, directly from survivors and witnesses who now call California their home, including your own neighbors and friends. Visit during two weekends of an enriching cultural journey in Berkeley and explore untold stories from California’s refugees of the British Empire. Discover the impacts of this untold chapter of our world history through a series of workshops, lectures, storytelling events in addition to the audio visual pop-up exhibition. The exhibit is free and on view from 2 to 4 pm on July 27, 28, and August 3. The 1947 Partition Archive 1840 Alcatraz Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703 To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. For more information about The 1947 Partition Archive visit —— This exhibit is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant


Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla


Event location: The 1947 Partition Archive
1840 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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