January 2016 Workshop Presenters

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Tom Zamaria
Martinez Oral History Project
Tom attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Library Science with an emphasis on Archives and Library Studies. He interned at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in the Iconography Division and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He was then hired by the Ohio Historical Society and worked in the Archives-Library Division as the Audio-Visual Archivist. After six years, he transferred to the OHS Conservation Lab, and was responsible for all of the audio visual collections until 1985. As a volunteer at the Martinez Historical Society, Tom Zamaria does a considerable amount of scanning and printing of photos for displays and other projects. In addition, he’s a member of the Martinez Oral History Project, using his skills as a videographer to record the stories of Martinez residents and post these interviews on the Martinez Oral History website.

Presentation: He will briefly discuss the origins of the Martinez Oral History Project and how interview candidates are chosen. In addition he will explain all aspects of the process of interviewing an individual, from obtaining some biographical information on them to the post-interview tasks of editing and producing dvds for the subject and the Martinez Historical Society.

8:30 am - 9:30 am Oral History: Tom Zamaria, David Dunham, Isabel Ziegler


David Dunham
Oral History Project Interviewer
"In 1954, the Regional Cultural History Office was established to conduct oral history interviews with leading citizens in California and the West. In the late 1950s, under the new leadership of Willa Baum, the office was renamed the Regional Oral History Office. In 2014 it became the Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library. Over our many decades of operation, they have conducted over 4,000 interviews on almost every topic imaginable. The vast majority of these interviews have been transcribed and made available via their database"

9:45 am - 10:45 am Oral History: Tom Zamaria, David Dunham, Isabel Ziegler


Isabel Ziegler
National Park Service liaison for the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Oral History Project
Isabel Jenkins Ziegler earned a B.S. in Anthropology from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in historical archaeology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She began her career with the National Park Service in 2002 as Associate Curator at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, PA. In January of 2010 Isabel took her current position as Supervisory Museum Curator for four National Park Service units in the east San Francisco bay area including Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home front NHP, John Muir NHS, Eugene O’Neill NHS, and Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM. Responsible for museum program management, Isabel serves as the National Park Service liaison for the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Oral History Project in collaboration with the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley and the City of Richmond.

Presentation: She will discuss ways in which oral histories are critical to the mission of our national parks. She will highlight the importance of efforts to incorporate oral history clips and quotes in films, exhibits, historic installations, educational programs, and on-line so that we may more fully interpret the history of our nation.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Oral History: Tom Zamaria, David Dunham, Isabel Ziegler


Adrienne McGraw
Chair, John F. Kennedy University, Graduate Museum Studies Program. Berkeley, CA 
Adrienne has served as director of education for several history museums and historic sites in California and was previously the executive director for Exhibit Envoy, a statewide nonprofit that develops traveling exhibitions for small museums. Throughout her career, Adrienne has promoted museum-community engagement and believes in the power of museums to shape civic life and promote a sense of place for all people.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Initiating an Audience Audit: Susan Spero and Adrienne McGraw 


Susan Spero
Professor, John F. Kennedy University, Graduate Museum Studies Program. Berkeley, CA
Susan teaches museum studies courses on visitor experience, and museums interactive technology. She has extensive experience throughout the SF Bay Area developing and analyzing museum audience engagement in roles such as program designer, volunteer manager, and evaluator. Susan’s research and field service support museum staff and volunteers in building their mindset and skills to serve their communities.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Initiating an Audience Audit: Susan Spero and Adrienne McGraw 

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