Oral History Workshop

Professors Bruce M.  and Sonya Astor Stave will lead a two and a half hour workshop on Oral History on Sunday morning from 10:00AM to 12:30PM.  The workshop will focus on methods of gathering, documenting and archiving oral history.  This workshop will be limited to 20 participants and advanced registration is strongly encouraged.  Email:   symposium@morrillhomestead.org to reserve your space.


Bruce M. Stave

Bruce is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, and Director of the Oral History Office. He has conducted a wide variety of oral history projects over four decades, and was the winner of the New England Association of Oral History’s first Harvey Kantor Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Oral History. He later served as that organization’s president and president of the New England Historical Association.

His publications include Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006, winner of the 2007 Homer D. Babbidge, Jr. Award; Witnesses to Nuremberg: An Oral History of American Participants at the War Crimes Trials (co-author), From the Old Country: An Oral History of European Migration to America (co-author), winner of the 1995 Homer D. Babbidge, Jr. Award, and The Making of Urban History: Historiography through Oral History.

In 2008, he served as Acting Connecticut State Historian. He is co-editor of Talking About Connecticut: Oral History in the Nutmeg State, and has served as associate editor of the Journal of Urban History and editor of the Oral History Review. He is co-general editor of the Palgrave/Macmillan Studies in Oral History series. Stave taught as a Fulbright Professor in India, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China, and has lectured in more than a dozen other nations.


Sondra Astor Stave

Sondra earned her doctorate at the University of Connecticut. She conducted approximately one hundred interviews for her book, Achieving Racial Balance: Case Studies of Contemporary School Desegregation, and has conducted town and family oral histories. She writes about food and travel and is the editor of several community cookbooks as well as being a restaurant reviewer. Her newspaper articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Hartford Courant, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Journal Inquirer.

She has chaired the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Education, and currently is chair of the Economic Development Commission in her hometown of Coventry, Connecticut.