Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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Oral History

Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview

Oral history is an exciting tool for collecting and preserving history. It allows people to tell their stories as they talk, prompted by questions from an interviewer. Anyone can create good oral history if they understand a few basic principles and apply them as they go.

The stories of Minnesota's Greatest Generation fall into two general categories — those of men and women who served in the armed forces and those of other men and women who provided critical support on the home front. Both groups are important, for the war could not have been won without their combined efforts.

Oral history is a conversation, with the narrator doing the lion's share of the talking. The interviewer needs to prepare questions that will help each narrator tell his or her story.