Alicia Barber


Alicia Barber, PhD, has over 20 years of experience as a professional writer, historian, and educator. She has taught at the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Nevada, Reno, where she directed the University of Nevada Oral History Program from 2009-2013. A firm believer in helping communities connect to their history, Alicia has served on the City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission, the Board of Directors of Preserve Nevada, and, since 2012, the Nevada State Board of Museums and History. She curates and consults on museum exhibits, appears regularly in public forums and media broadcasts as an expert on history and cultural tourism in northern Nevada, and is the author of the book Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City. Alicia earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Reno with her husband and daughter.

Photo credit: Theresa Danna-Douglas



Interest in oral history has risen exponentially in recent years; witness the ever-increasing popularity of genealogy websites like and media productions such as StoryCorps. Recording the firsthand recollections of family, friends, and community members is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that our heritage is preserved and passed along to future generations. This workshop provides direction on how to conduct oral histories, offering hands-on training, multiple examples, and a guide to resources. Topics include how to prepare for an interview, how to generate questions, how to conduct interviews, types and use of recording equipment, and possible applications for completed recordings.

This workshop presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of the general public, organizations, and anyone interested in conducting short- or long-term oral history projects.

Appropriate Audience:  Adults; high school students.

Duration: 2+ hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation
  • Access to internet and means for viewing webpages
  • Speakers for audio playback

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Personal development, creative workshop, traditional culture, history