So, what exactly is Voices from Our America (VFOA)?

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VFOA is an applied research project dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forgotten, hidden, or neglected narratives of American experience. Through oral history and life history interviews, curriculum development, community education, and public history programs, we aim to advance understanding across the cultural, generational, and national complexities of life in Our America. The story of America, and of any particular nation within America, cannot be truly captured and told if so many voices are left out. VFOA seeks to raise the volume of these voices from faint whispers to a place of powerful and deliberate expression through two core dimensions:

  • The first gathers oral and life histories through semi-structured interviews and conducts archival research with and on specific populations.
  • The second component seeks to collaborate with individuals, schools, and community groups, using new primary sources created through interviews as a way to educate people about each community's rich and important history.

VFOA's materials, models, and methods aim to round out America's story and by doing so provide a venue through which students, faculty, community members, and institutions can work collaboratively to advance local and hemispheric knowledge, connectedness, and cooperation.