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Gathering Oral Testimony for the LGBTQ2+ Community – Crafternoon Series

Date(s) - 21/09/2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

UPDATE: This Crafternoon has been RESCHEDULED for September 21, 2019.

Presented in partnership with Nanaimo Pride Society and Nanaimo Museum Crafternoons

One of the best ways to learn about the experience of being LGBTQ2+ is through oral history, a method that professional, public, and community historians have been using for decades.

In this workshop led by Dr. Elise Chenier, participants will learn some of the basic principles of historical inquiry, with a focus on the LGBTQ2+ experience, and will discover what oral history is and how to do it. Topics include how to plan for and conduct an interview, ethical and preservation issues, and equipment. Participants will have the opportunity to interview each other, and will be provided with material to take home with them. At the end of the workshop, they will have enough information to conduct their own independent interview. The methods and lessons from this workshop can be used to interview anyone for an oral history project.

The workshop will run from 10am-3:30pm, with a 1 hour break for lunch at noon. Lunch is not provided, however participants are welcome to bring their own or visit one of the many local cafes and lunch spots downtown. This is a small workshop with 16 available spaces, open only to members of the LGBTQ2+ community.

Ages 16+

Tickets cost $50 per person. Ticket price includes all materials and admission to the gallery. Tickets are final sale, and non-transferable to other programs. 

Did you know? While Elise is in town, she’s also presenting an evening lecture on the history of same-sex marriage, on Friday, September 21st:  From Outlaws to Inlaws: An Emotional History of Same-Sex Marriage

Elise Chenier is a Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University where she has taught since 2004. She is the founder and director of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (, an online, open access project dedicated to preserving and making widely available queer women and lesbian experience. She conducted her first oral history interview in 1990 with a woman who nursed on the front lines during World War One and has been hooked ever since. Her article Rethinking Class in Lesbian Bar Culture: Living “The Gay Life” in Toronto, 1955-1965 uses interviews she conducted in the 1990s for her first major oral history study. A copy of this article is available upon request (


*Please note – you do not need to have a Paypal account to complete registration online, credit cards are accepted. Tickets are not confirmed until you have received payment confirmation from Paypal. No physical tickets will be issued for this tour.

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket
Ticket includes material and admission to the gallery. Participants must provide their own lunch.

Gathering Oral Testimony for the LGBTQ2+ Community - Crafternoon Series
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