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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students are on a quest to uncover the history of the institution through the stories and reflections of dozens of faculty, staff and alumni.

The UW Oshkosh Campus Stories-Oral History Project, a multi-year effort leading up to UWO’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2021-2022, involves students interviewing dozens of members of the campus community as part of a Quest III course taught by lecturer Jeffery Pickron.

“Oral history is a very important tool for historians because it allows us to create historical records where documents are unlikely to exist,” he said.

Through the process, the students learn about local history and the value of understanding the history that is all around them.

Check out the final presentations by students in the spring 2017 semester of the Oral History of the University course:


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