|Guide and Directory to High Desert Entertainment, Events, and Recreation|
|Daggett Historical Society||Daggett Community Center||Daggett||760-257-4763|
|Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm|
|Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association|
|Mojave Historical Society||Sterling Inn Regency Room||Victorville||760-949-2276|
|4th Thursday, 7:00 pm|
|Historical Sites||Plaques||Nearest City|
|Calico Early Man Site||Barstow|
|Camp Cady||Historical Plaque||Barstow|
|Camp Iron Mountain||Historical Plaque||Desert Center|
|Chimney Rock||Historical Plaque||Lucerne Valley|
|Harvey House||Historical Plaque||Barstow|
|National Old Trails Monument||Historical Plaque||Needles|
|Santa Fe and Salt Lake Trail Monument||Historical Plaque|
|Town of Calico||Historical Plaque||near Yermo|
|Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments (Thematic)|
|Possum Trot, near Yermo|
|Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument||Needles|
|Tips to interviews for oral histories:|
1. Bring a tape recorder with 90 minute tapes (60 is too short).
2. Never correct the person you are interviewing. They will shut down.
3. Be quiet and patient while the interviewee is trying to remember things.
4. Write down questions as they occur to you, but don't interrupt the interviewee.
5. If the interviewee rambles off the subject, allow it for a little while, then steer them back to the topic.
6. For military veterans, ask what unit they were in; where they were when the war ended; and their thoughts on nuking Hiroshima.
7. Family, school, and veterans reunions can yield a wealth of information by interviewing people separately, then as pairs.
8. Start with easy questions, to make the interviewee comfortable.
9. Duplicate your tapes and transcribe from the duplicates.
10. Bring a portable photocopier or camera to the interview. Photograph or photocopy the back, if anything is written there. Carefully number and organize the photos in the order they are discussed, so there won't be later confusion about who or what was in the picture.
11. Ask for leads and leave a card with your contact information.
(These tips were derived from the Stuart Kellogg interview of Dennis Casebier, Daily Press, May 149, 2001)