When you were a child, did you ever sit next to a grandparent or family elder, and ask
questions about "the olden days?" Did your family members tell stories of their
childhood, exciting events which happened before you were around, or pass along
family stories about ancestors long dead? If so, you witnessed an oral history!
Oral histories are the event that takes place when one person tells another about events
which affected them personally, generally in the past. For example, a grandparent talking
about their childhood to a grandchild can be considered an informal oral history. The
organized, systematic interviewing of persons involved in a particular time, place, or
event is also an oral history. An oral history allows an individual to express their
impression of events, feelings, and situations.