Oral History

Story Telling

"We are storied folk. Stories are what we are; telling and listening to stories is what we do." - Arthur Kleinman

Story telling is a natural part of the human experience. By telling our story we manage to make sense of our social world and shape the narrative around how to process events in our lives.

Many cultures use oral history to pass down knowledge from generation to generation. The key to gathering oral history is to let the story teller shape the story. Often images, such as photographs, are used to inspire the story teller to remember events and to rediscover historical meanings of such events. Research suggests that telling one's own story can have a healing effect besides adding to the historical record.

Rikke has conducted numerous oral histories focused on experiences of immigration, family and community trauma, World War II experiences, etc.

To receive a quote for oral history services, contact Rikke Addis at Rikke@BHEStrategies.com or text/call (916) 420-5181