EOU Oral History Project

 Initiated Spring 2012 by the students of HIST 210, Public History


Public history is a collaborative exploration of inclusive history that is accessible to the public.

The EOU Oral History Project is a collection of interviews that provides a perspective of campus life from former students and currently retiring professors. It provides an exploration of campus life through oral histories complied by current public history students to make the history of Eastern Oregon University accessible to the public. Interviewers were encouraged to ask insightful and relevant questions to compile and accurate description of the campus and reflect upon the changes the campus has gone through since its beginnings in 1929.

The Interviews

Interviews conducted by Genesee Dal Porto, EOU student, Class of 2012:

Dr. Colleen Johnson – Professor of Economics, Eastern Oregon University

Lynn Paulson – Eastern Oregon University Student, Attended 1983-1988


Interviews conducted by Emily Mery, EOU student, Class of 2015:

Dr. Gregory Monahan – Professor of History, Eastern Oregon University

John Lyell – Ackerman Elementary School, Attended 1949-1953


Interviews conducted by Brianna Coulombe, EOU student, Class of 2014:

Dr. Kathleen Dahl – Professor of Anthropology, Eastern Oregon University

 John Lyell- Eastern Oregon University Student, Attended 1960-1964


Interviews conducted by William Riley, EOU student, Class of 2015:

Lynn Pryse – Eastern Oregon University Student, Attended 1955-1959


Interview conducted by Matt Faull, EOU student, Class of 2014:

Dr. Kendall Baxter, Professor of General Science, Eastern Oregon University, 1960-present

Interview conducted by Danielle Weaver, EOU class of 2014:

Steve McClure, Union County Commissioner and former student of Eastern Oregon, 1964-1966

Dr. Marilyn Ewing, Professor of English, Eastern Oregon University


 The Historians

The EOU oral history project began with a collective definition of public history that challenged our class to make the history of the campus inclusive and accessible to the public. Each of us through trial and error collected oral histories from former students and newly retiring professors. Based on those experiences our view of public history became personal because it was our first step into the field of public and oral histories. It provided us an opportunity to be a part of hands on local history. Overall, the project became more than a class assignment, it instead began to reflect our emerging interest in the field of public history.


Public History Class, Spring 2012: Justin Brainerd, Brianna Coulombe, Genesee Dal Porto, Matt Faull,  Emily Mery, William Riley, Danielle Weaver