Family and Community Oral History WorkshopS (October 2023)


Unearth the untold stories in your family and community with this engaging workshop series, hosted as part of “Family History Month” in October 2023. This experience, led by Charlotte middle school teacher Wesley Fryer, is designed to stoke your inspiration and equip you with practical tools for initiating or enriching your own oral history projects.

Throughout both workshops, we'll delve into a multitude of real-world examples shared on the Storychasers website, maintained by Wesley. ( You'll discover effective interview techniques, smart strategies for recording audio with a free smartphone app, and get the low-down on efficient (and free) audio editing software to polish your project. Moreover, we'll also guide you through the myriad of options for online publishing and sharing of your oral histories.

Our workshop is open to teenagers through adults of all experience levels, making it a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in storytelling — from educators interested in facilitating a student oral history project, to individuals passionate about preserving their unique family and community narratives.


These are resources for the "Family and Community Oral History Workshop Series" led by Wes Fryer on Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, October 21, 2023, for the Union County Public Library in Monroe, North Carolina. (3 hours: 9am to Noon.) FREE registration is available for:

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Optional preparation: Watch Wes Fryer's 2013 TEDxOU presentation, "Becoming Your Family's Digital Witness." (19 minutes)

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Time: 9am to Noon

Location: Union West Regional Library (123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC, 28079)

In this 3 hour workshop participants will:

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023

Time: 9am to Noon

Location: Union West Regional Library (123 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC, 28079)

In this 3 hour workshop participants will:

Technical Requirements

These are BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) workshops, and will feature a variety of free smartphone apps as well as software programs compatible with Android as well as Apple / iOS smartphones, and with MacOS as well as WindowsOS computers. No prior experience with oral history or digital storytelling apps / software programs is required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own smartphone as well as laptop computer. The following free smartphone apps and software programs are recommended for participants to download and install PRIOR to the workshop.

1. examples and Steps

More Project Ideas and Examples

If you are:

2. Audio Stories

An "audio story" is a recorded audio interview, which may or may not be accompanied by a photo / image. Audio stories can be edited or unedited, and may be normalized.

Script example (from "Family Oral History" unit)

Recommended Recording Apps:

More on the "Audio Interview" page of

Tips for Family Oral History Interviews by @wfryer (Oct 2022)

More "Audio Story" examples are available on the main "Examples page" and in this YouTube playlist.

3. Sharing Options

A variety of different options are available for SHARING your audio interviews.

Free and Easier

More Techy

4. Audio Editing Options

A variety of apps and software programs are available to EDIT audio you record for an oral history interview. These include: