What’s your story? We preserve your memories. We’ll remember for you.
“Can you really remember that or did I just tell it to you?” “I remember everything from when we first went together.”
– Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
We capture personal and community narratives in video interviews. Social history emphasizes the importance of collecting every day perspectives. We help you trace genealogical roots and preserve your heritage with tools like Ancestry and Family Search. Do you gather around the table to hear about the past from your elders and wonder if you’ll forget these experiences? Oral histories ensure that this past is never forgotten.
We facilitate first person narratives in the form of oral history interviews in order to preserve the past. These long-format interviews are primary sources which are archived for the preservation purposes. We conduct these digital history projects in order to conserve the past according to Oral History Association & Southwest Oral History Association standards. See the Archiving Oral History: Manual of Best Practices on the OHA website.
In this age of COVID-19, facilitating Zoom hosted interviews has become very predominant. We can provide the technology and project guidance to create and sustain your projects. As leaders of the Southwest Oral History Association, we have developed a list of resources for you to use during these challenging times.
As consultants, we advise for city preservation projects. We ensure that local histories are secured in perpetuity. We reference the Society of American Archivist’s Documenting in Times of Crisis: A Resource Kit. The SAA “templates and documents are divided into broad categories linked below, or see the complete Google Drive folder here.”
We utilize heritage tourism studies to demonstrate a site’s capacity to increase economic viability for an area. We help submit National Register of Historic Places and California Register of Historical Resources site nominations. We use California Preservation Foundation guidelines. We can help you with your federal and state historic site nominations. We suggest that you apply for the Mills Act Program that provides tax incentives to the applicant which helps secure your site’s future.
We suggest that archival materials should be catalouged in Omeka, ArchivesSpace, CONTENTdm, or other collection management software. We preserve and conserve your collections with care. Our approach is using archival grade materials to house your physical items and create digital records. We maintain original arrangement principles and best practices when organizing your materials in the conservation lab.
We digitize your materials according to best practices established by the National Archives. We use Epson V600 and oversized scanners to create digital versions of your physical collections. Refer to the Scanning-Basics infographic created by UNC at Chapel Hill.
Some of our recent community projects:
- Moulton Museum archive in partnership with the Moulton Company
- Korean Diaspora digital history partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea Los Angeles office
- UC Irvine Doors and Windows with Heart: The Limitations and Promise of Archive Creation and Archival Research
- Balboa Island Museum Legacy Project in partnership with the City of Newport Beach
- Laguna Woods History Center Community Project
- Del Mar Historical Society museum development
- UCI Applied Innovation Wayfinder Program developing 3D artifacts, machine learning, and augmented VR exhibit experiences
- European Migration to California at CSUF’s Center for Oral and Public History
Oral history tradition comes from folklore traditions. The spoken word can be captured in audio and video format to allow access in the modern age. 70 Degrees uses a Zoom audio recorder and 4K/HD video recorders to create archive ready products. We use a three-point lighting system which can be used at your host institution or alternate site. Each oral history interview is accompanied with an abstract, recording log, transcript, photos provided by the narrator, a photo of the candidate at the time of the interview, and narrator-interview agreement forms. The release form expresses the narrator’s consent for the interview to be made available on online platforms. We can digitize ephemera and personal photos to accompany the interview record. We can store these materials on a password protected or open access web interface.
Remote Oral History Interviews with @BaylorOH and @OHAnetwork Archives Interest Group https://t.co/mVo8HsVD4P via @SWoralhistory #oralhistory #recording #bestpractices #archives pic.twitter.com/AdkoGIAXwh
— Southwest Oral History Association (@SWoralhistory) March 31, 2020
Jennifer and Cindy are Archivists for the Moulton Museum that is scheduled to open in 2020. This Orange County pioneer family, led by Lewis Fenno Moulton and Nellie Gail Moulton, owned and operated Rancho Niguel. It became the Moulton Ranch which included nearly 22,000 acres. We conduct oral histories with the Moulton family and ranchers who operated this enterprise in partnership with OC Public Libraries. These interviews are available at OC Stories hosted by CONTENTdm. They include historical images, videos, and audio. View Eddie Grijalva’s story in the small town of El Toro and experiences on the Moulton Ranch. Jennifer reported the Moulton Museum partnership activities to the OC Historical Commissioners for their March 5th, 2019 meeting and February 4, 2020 meeting.
The Keil sisters utilize their cross-disciplinary skills to capture and preserve narratives. Jennifer and Cindy implemented the oral history Legacy Program at the Balboa Island Museum which has captured more that fifty interviews. This was a community history project of the island and the individuals who shaped the culture. A project proposal outlining all the stages was provided to the board prior to filming the candidates. The video archive contains over forty interviews. Four highlight reels were created to engage visitors at the oral history station. They are the following: Over the Bridge, Holiday Memories, Jolly Roger Memories, and Celebrity Encounters. Please read the BIMHS newsletter which contains more information about the project. Cindy and Jennifer presented, “Over the Bridge: Creating a Sustainable Oral History Program” at the Southwest Oral History Association conference in March 2015.
Jennifer and Cindy are consultants to the Del Mar Historical Society (DMHS). They are working on a joint video series with the DMHS & Del Mar TV Foundation that will feature this work. This research was featured at the 2018 SOHA Conference in Fullerton, CA in our panel titled, “Community Voices and Collaboration.” We are working on securing a permanent location for the Alvarado House. We would like to create a museum that would remain available to the public year-round which would include interactive educational tools.
Jennifer Keil received her masters in Public and Oral History from CSUF’s Center for Oral and Public History (COPH) program. She was awarded the Lawrence B. de Graaf Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Art Hansen Fellowship in Oral & Public History for her research. Jennifer’s culminating experience to receive a history masters degree was completing an oral history project. It is archived at the Center for Oral and Public History (COPH). The interviews are a part of an European migration to California project. Her article, “The Home Front” received the Editors-in-Chief award in the Welebaethan.
Jennifer serves as the President for the Southwest Oral History Association (2017-2019, 2014-2016). As a SOHA board member, she is helped with the 2017 conference in Tempe, AZ from April 27th-29th. She chaired the 2018 SOHA conference in SoCal which was held from April 27-29, 2018. She provides state reports in the quarterly newsletters. Please refer to the most recent publication for more details. She designed a news blog for SOHA’s ongoing events. As the state delegate, she designed a poster session in April 2016 at the Center for Oral and Public History. In April 2014, she presented WWII Home Front research at the SOHA Conference and received their research scholarship. You can read about this experience in the SOHA newsletter article, Field Notes: A CSUF Graduate Student’s First Time Attendee Experience. Jennifer was featured as an alumna in CSUF’s History Department spring 2019 newsletter.
The Oral History Association (OHA) held its annual meeting in October 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK. Jennifer presented with two other CSUF graduate students and world renowned oral historian, Alessandro Portelli. SOHA sponsored the 2016 Oral History Association conference in Long Beach, CA. She served on the 2016 OHA local arrangements committee. She presented Capturing our Community’s Voice with Multidisciplinary Approaches with Kevin Cabrera and Tram Le. It was chaired by Dr. Thuy Vo Dang at the 50th Oral History Association Conference in Long Beach, CA in October 2016. This roundtable discussed how to use community events to start and maintain oral history projects. Jennifer presented “Curating Communities” at the 2019 Oral History Association (OHA) and SOHA joint meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cindy chaired an OHA conference session.
Cindy Keil received her masters degree in English from California State University, Fullerton. She specialized in creative writing. Cindy discovered this passion while studying this field at University of California, Irvine for her undergraduate work. She was involved with creative writing clubs and had her work published in university journals. Cindy has presented her work at regional and national conferences. Her editing skills enhance the quality and consistency of the oral history transcripts. She is a trained videographer and media editor. She is the California Delegate of the Southwest Oral History Association.
The Keils provided a mini-workshop for the Laguna Woods Video Club titled, “Digital Oral History Methodology” in May 2017. The Laguna Woods History Center (LWHC) has a community oral history project that the Keils instituted. Jennifer and Cindy are interviewing community leaders in order to collect and protect this history. Jennifer is the Oral Historian for the Laguna Woods History Center and Cindy is their Editor. Each candidate is selected by LWHC for their early history and major contributions to the community. They provide varied perspectives of life at Leisure World which was incorporated into Laguna Woods in 1999. The interviews are stored on the YouTube channel playlist and indexed with Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS).