The Museum’s Oral History Program plays a central role in our research, collections, exhibits and programs. The Museum has now conducted more than 180 interviews with people from Canada and around the world.
What is Oral History? Oral history involves interviewing individuals about historic events and activities to which they were witness, or in which they were involved, in order to gain a more comprehensive and personal view of the past. This personal testimony is as critical as the newspapers, government documents, and personal papers that traditionally have been consulted by historians. Oral history offers something other sources lack — perspectives from often marginalized groups and individuals whose stories have not otherwise been preserved in the historical record.