UNLV is proud to welcome the Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference.
Below are the events that are free and open to the public, Saturday, April 6
- 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Growing Up in Las Vegas: 60 years of changes and challenges
Session 1: Roundtable, Chair: Joyce Moore
So what was it like to grow up in Las Vegas? Members of Rancho High School graduation class of 1962 share their experiences and offer insights to participating in the collection of their oral histories.
Moderator Joyce Moore is a member of the Class of ’62 and Archivist in Special Collections at Lied Library, UNLV.
- 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Participating in an Oral History Project—Shake, Rattle and Roll!
Session 4: Roundtable, Chair: Mary Shaw
The history of the Nevada Test Site is typically told from the perspective of those who moved to Las Vegas to work there. But what about the wives and families who also relocated? They have tales of long periods of separation, coming to terms with barren desert living, and how they remained here to be part of the legacy. Meet participants in the Shake Rattle and Roll project—you’ll enjoy hearing how the project came to exist and how it earned its name.
- 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Women Making News
Panel, Chair: Caryll Batt Dziedziak
This presentation will feature Myram Borders (Las Vegas’ first UPI Bureau Manager) and Chris Chrystal (Las Vegas’ first full-time female television reporter) conversing with Caryll Batt Dziedziak about their journalistic careers as “female firsts” covering Las Vegas news during the 1960s and 1970s. Borders and Chrystal are energetic and highly entertaining; sure to engage attendees with their recollections of making news as “female firsts” while making news as journalists in the ever-iconic Sin City.
The Southwest Oral History Association provides a vehicle for communication among persons, programs and institutions that use oral testimony to encourage cooperation among its members; to promote standards among oral historians; to foster an understanding of and use of oral history; to provide guidance to projects; to create educational programs and resources; and to aid in securing financial funding for members' projects.