Densho Workshop

Making Use of Oral History Interviews

Workshop for 30 participants

Saturday, November 21, 2009
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Densho office
1416 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144


"Densho provides a unique and important educational service about the Japanese American experience. They have made accessible oral histories of significant individuals who have contributed to the fabric of history."
   --Irene Hirano, Former CEO of the Japanese American National Museum

Event Overview

Oral histories offer a valuable way to preserve and document the memories of individuals. They are also useful for creating innovative educational materials. This workshop is for individuals who collect or want to collect oral history interviews for educational use. The 3-hour session will look at real world examples like videos, websites, classroom activities, print publications, and multimedia presentations. The session will examine important factors to consider in preparing oral histories so that effective educational materials can be created.

About the Presenters

Course Leader: Tom Ikeda, Executive Director
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Tom is the founding Executive Director of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Using web technology, Densho provides access to over 400 video testimonies, 10,000 historical documents and photographs, and in-depth teacher resources to explore principles of democracy and promote social justice. Densho seeks to educate young people and inspire them to act in defense of liberty and the highest values of our country. In addition to leading the organization over the last 13 years, Tom has conducted over 100 video-recorded, oral history interviews with Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, created classroom curriculum from these materials, and helped design Densho’s content rich, award winning website. Prior to working at Densho, Tom was a Product Group General Manager at Microsoft Corporation in the Multimedia Publishing Group. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Online History Award from the American Library Association.

Co-presenter: Patricia Kiyono, Communications Director
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Patricia first volunteered for Densho in 1996 when it was only an idea. She joined the staff in 2002. Patricia oversees Densho's communications program, including the website text, organizational blog, and e-newsletter with feature articles derived from primary sources in the Densho Digital Archive. She also coordinates the nonprofit's education projects such as curriculum development and teacher outreach. Patricia has ten years of experience working as a professional book editor for museums, university presses, and trade publishers. Past employers include the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and Marquand Books, an award-winning book design and packaging firm.


12:45 p.m. Doors open
1:00 p.m. Workshop begins - Welcome & Introductions
1:15 p.m. Role models: Examples of educational oral histories
2:30 p.m. Break & informal discussion
2:45 p.m. Consider this: Producing useful oral histories
4:00 p.m. Workshop concludes


This event is free of charge but requires advance registration.


Densho is located in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood east of the Chinatown-International District at 1416 South Jackson Street.

Event Co-sponsors

Densho presents this workshop with support from 4Culture.


For more information, contact Densho at 206-320-0095 or [email protected].

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