WRL Centennial Oral History Project

War Resisters League - One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance 

* Do you know someone with a WRL story that you would like to share with other war resisters?

* Is there an activist in your area whose story you’d like to record? 

* Do you have stories you want to share?


As part of the War Resisters League’s centennial, we are encouraging WRL members and supporters to record their own stories through the WRL 100th Anniversary Oral History Project.  WRL’s 100th anniversary is an important opportunity to connect past and present. Oral histories are one way to do that.

Tools to learn about how to conduct an oral history interview: 

1) Watch a recording of Cultivating Stories through the Practice of Listening: Conducting Oral History Interviews, an 1.5 hour workshop by former WRL national organizer Kimber Heinz (Public Historian and PhD student, American Studies Dept. UNC-Chapel Hill) to learn the basics of oral history. The workshop focuses on:

  • Why oral history? What is it?
  • Planning for an oral history interview
  • The practice and ethics of informed consent
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Creating interview questions
  • Recording tools and tips
  • Preservation - working with community vs. institutional archives
  • Access - how to share your story with others through creative projects
  • How to plug your story into WRL 100 work and get involved

Watch a video of the presentation here:

2) Download the slideshow presentation (PDF)

3) wrl100history [at] warresisters.org (subject: WRL%20100th%20Anniversary%20Oral%20History%20Project) (Contact) WRL’s 100th Anniversary Project Coordinator Mary McClintock at wrl100history [at] warresisters.org (subject: WRL%20100th%20Anniversary%20Oral%20History%20Project) to learn more about being part of the WRL 100th Anniversary Oral History Project