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Congratulations to Allison Mitchell, SPOHP’s Student Volunteer of the Quarter for Fall 2014!

Allison Mitchell, who was a volunteer for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program during the Fall 2014 Semester, is a second year dual major in History and African American Studies at the University of Florida. During this term she spent several hours filling in audio logs as well as transcribing.

Allison learned about volunteering when a representative of SPOHP came to her class to speak about the program. Once she learned about SPOHP’s African American History Project, she decided to volunteer. “Being able to listen to the interviewees recall monumental moment in history through a first-hand experience was amazing,” she said. “I was able to understand these moments in time far better than I would be able to with a textbook.”

After receiving her bachelors degree, Allison hopes to further her education by going to graduate school. She plans to receive her doctorate degree and become a college professor.

We all appreciate Allison’s work for the program and her dedication to communicating the value of first-person historical study. Her committed work ensured greater public access for many oral histories.

Please join us in thanking Allison for her outstanding volunteer service to the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program!