For over a decade, The Martha Ross Center and the UMBC Center for History Education have collaborated to showcase student oral history projects. These projects serve to demonstrate for Maryland teachers how to incorporate oral history into their classrooms. Teachers and professors are invited to have Dr. Lanman visit their classrooms and work together to create oral history experiences.
In conjunction with the Martha Ross Center, two students from Ridgely Middle School in Baltimore County presented their oral history projects at several local presentations. Directed by their teacher, Joe DeFilippo, Jeff Kraft presented his project on the “Little Rock Nine” and Michelle Gaeng presented her project on “Vietnam Protestors in Baltimore.” During the presentations, the students told the people who attended that oral history taught them how to conduct independent research and how to see a project through to completion.