Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. Oral history is both the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s and now using 21st-century digital technologies.
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Ann Syrett & PDG Ron Lucas
29th June 2022
Ann Syrett (nee Yancey) is a native of Astoria, Oregon, U.S.A., where she spent her formative years before taking a Bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Southern Oregon College. As a Rotary Foundation Scholar hosted by the Rotary Club of Newcastle-under-Lyme in District 1210, she began her graduate work at Keele University, Staffordshire, England in 1973. She subsequently graduated from the University of Birmingham, England, with a Master’s degree in West African history and economics in 1976.