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Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Oral History Project, Digital Archive and Documentary

March 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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GC Digital Initiatives Sound Series presents a talk on the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project by Doug Boyd Ph.D., a national expert on oral history, archives, and digital technologies.  Boyd serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.  Boyd manages the Oral History in the Digital Age collaborative initiative publishing current best practices and models for collecting, curating and disseminating oral histories.  Additionally, Boyd leads the team at the University of Kentucky that envisioned, designed and implemented OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer), an open source digital tool for enhancing access to online oral history.

Boyd is the co-editor (with Mary A. Larson) of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014, and he is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community which was published in August 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky.  He authors the blog Digital Omnium: Oral History, Archives, and Digital Technology and is the author of numerous articles pertaining to oral history, archives and digital technologies.  In addition to writing, Boyd co-hosts and co-produces The Wisdom Project podcast co-hosts the Saving Stories radio program and podcast on Lexington’s NPR station WUKY and he recently served as Executive Producer on the documentaries Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business and Quest for the Perfect Bourbon.

Previously, Doug Boyd managed the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, and prior to that worked as the Senior Archivist for the oral history collection at the Kentucky Historical Society.   Doug Boyd received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Folklore from Indiana University and his B.A. degree in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

In this talk, Boy will discuss the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), is a multi-year effort by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky to document the history of bourbon in the state, and features the stories of the master distillers and bourbon barons from iconic distilleries that participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour. The oral history project yielded the documentary “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Spirit” which airs on Kentucky Educational Television. Doug Boyd, Executive Producer on the documentary and Director of the Nunn Center, will discuss his role in this oral history project and how it was made into a digital archive and documentary.

The 2017-2018 GCDI Sound Series #GCDISound includes talks and workshops on topics related to sound analysis, comparison, theory, production, and recording. This series explores a variety of research methods and perspectives on sound, including audio annotation and processing, oral histories and interviews, soundscapes, and DIY audio equipment. We invite scholars from all disciplines to explore ways we can study and use sound in our scholarship and pedagogy.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged: Register HERE.


March 6, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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