Dear Friends of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program,

As you will read in this exciting end-of- year progress report, SPOHP has reached more students, scholars, and members of the general public than ever. We have conducted community-based oral history workshops with churches, businesses, university classes, veteran’s groups, African American history museums, Native American nations and much more. Thanks in large part to your generosity we have been able to provide logistical support for social-justice research projects throughout the Americas and we provided transformative and life-changing educational opportunities for hundreds of students.

In the summer of 2017 we embarked upon our 10th annual field work trip to the Mississippi Delta. In addition to interviewing legendary civil rights organizers, our team performed a day of service at the Emmett Till Museum in Glendora and sponsored public educational forums on bringing civil rights education to K-12 students in Mississippi and the South generally. Teaching students how to learn outside of the classroom is one of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s specialties. From the moment when our founder Dr. Samuel Proctor trained a cohort of graduate students to conduct oral history interviews with Native Americans in Florida, North Carolina and Alabama in the early 1970s, SPOHP’s mission has been to promote experiential learning, civic engagement, and history outside of the box—and outside of the campus. In an era of “fake news” we train interns how to conduct rigorous research. In a time of polarized debates, we show students how to listen carefully—especially to people who share diverse opinions—and we engage students in learning the age-old art of conversation. When we return from the field, we teach students the art of digital video and audio production which gives them the ability to create podcasts and documentaries on important social issues that have gained broad audiences.

Of course, none of this is possible without your support. If you like what you read in this newsletter, I hope that you will join me in helping us celebrate the 50 th year of SPOHP by making a tax-deductible donation to help sustain the work of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. In addition, if you have a friend or family member who may be so inclined, please pass this newsletter along to them. Finally, I hope that you will visit or phone us sometime in the New Year. Our students, staff and volunteers treasure the opportunity to personally share their experiences with members of the Proctor Program Family! Thank you as always for your consideration and your support.


Sincerely Yours,


Paul Ortiz

Check out our year-end journal here. 




We wanted to share a sheet that the directors of the IC-Race (Immigration, Critical Race and Cultural Equity) Lab at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Drs. Nayeli Y. Chavez- Dueñas and Hector Y. Adames developed, “Surviving & Resisting: Defending DACA A Toolkit For DREAMers.” Please share widely with anyone who may benefit from this toolkit; the mental health of DREAMers matters.

Click here for access to this document.

September 29th from noon to 2 PM, SPOHP is hosting an Open House in the SPOHP office to welcome students and faculty alike to get acquainted with our program, staff and dozens of exciting on going projects. Visitors can expect to enjoy refreshments as they learn about SPOHP’s fieldwork, internships, and volunteer opportunities as well as our many upcoming public programs and experiential learning opportunities.


This episode of the Safe Spaces series focuses on an African American armed defense organization that protected Civil Rights Movement demonstrators in Ocala, Florida in the 1960s. Challenging the misconception that the Civil Rights Movement was based entirely on non-violence, the story of the Ocala Hunting and Fishing Club illustrates the diversity of the Movement and offers an example of the complexity of tactics that various local communities needed to deploy in order to protect the people while they fought for their rights. In understanding current debates on “safe spaces,” it is important to understand the efforts historically required of marginalized groups in the U.S. to ensure that they could even do things such as openly discuss their rights as American citizens.

Featured interviews include: AAHP-138B Cranford Ronald Coleman, AAHP-329 Ocala Hunting and Fishing Club, AAHP-358A Ann Pinkston, AAHP-360 Dorsey Miller, AAHP-362B Dan Harmeling, AAHP-367 May Stafford, AAHP-384 Juanita Cunningham, AAHP-385 William James, AAHP-386 David Rackard, AAHP-390 Fred Pinkston

Featured music artists include:


Photo: (State Archives of Florida/Hackett.)

The Fall 2017 Internship Application is now open!  SPOHP’s semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit as an introduction to the field of oral history.

The Fall 2017 Social Justice Initiatives internship offers a space for students to pursue their own interests in social justice research through training and mentoring in oral history and digital humanities methodologies. Interns may develop skills in interviewing and fieldwork methods; Transcription and interview processing; Podcasting and audio editing; Social media and event promotion; Short documentaries and video editing; Public and community engagement. Final projects involve conducting one or more oral history interviews and creating digital presentation for the public.

For more information, contact the Internship Graduate Coordinator Raja Rahim. Applications are due by May 1st, 2017. Please email applications to Raja Rahim or deliver to SPOHP offices, Pugh Hall 241.


Beginning Thursday, March 16th, the SPOHP Radio Hour hits the airwaves DAILY at 8:00 a.m. on WUBA 88.1 FM.

Drawing from the 7,500+ interviews in the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program archive at the University of Florida, the SPOHP Radio Hour will air daily at 8 am on WUBA 88.1 FM with fascinating stories on people from all walks of life, and places and events both famous as well as hitherto hidden from history!

This week’s first installment of the SPOHP Radio Hour show explores what a “safe space” means to diverse groups of students and faculty at the University of Florida, and what influences them to create those spaces on campus. We’ll be examining what it took to create the Institute of Hispanic-Latino culture and the Institute of Black Culture at the University of Florida as well as the significance of Ethnic Studies programs today for students, staff, faculty and the public in general.

Click here to stream WUBA 88.1 FM live!

WUBA 88.1 FM is a wonderful, community-based radio station located in High Springs, Florida and covering Alachua, Gainesville, Jones, Lake City, Fort White, and soon to expand!

Enjoy the SPOHP Radio Hour at 8:00 a.m, on WUBA 88.1 FM starting this Thursday!

Please help us promote people’s stories from the Proctor Program archive by sharing this Facebook announcement link on your Scoial media outlets

Thank You!

The SPOHP iTunes Podcast features four separate series which are all compiled from diverse oral history collections, including the Florida Queer History Project, Farmworker Association of Florida archive, Confederate Veterans Collection, African American History, and more. Most episodes of each series are 25 minutes or less to facilitate easy access to local history for students, teachers, and the general public.

List of Our Current Podcast Series

  • Safe Spaces
  • Ottoman Greeks of the United States (OGUS)
  • Gainesville 8 (Three part series)
  • Voices from the Archives

Visit iTunes to listen and subcribe!

Recently Released Episodes


Gainesville Eight: Part 3 (Final Cut)

In this final installment of SPOHP volunteer John Paul Lorie’s three-part podcast on the Gainesville Eight, we hear the story of the federal government’s indictment of the Eight on charges of conspiracy to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention. We hear the lawyer for the defendants assess the prosecution’s case, and describe the legal strategy his firm adopted for defending these veterans in court. We also hear direct testimony from members of the Eight including Scott Camil, as well as other VVAW members who were subpoenaed to testify, in describing the FBI’s infiltration of VVAW and the flagrant violations of their constitutional rights that ensued. Given that we are currently witnessing–and some of us participating in–a new era of demonstration and direct action, this story is of particular relevance to questions of lawful protest and the constitutional rights of demonstrators.

Ottoman Greeks of the United States (OGUS): The Acropolis and the Madonna – A Case Study of Refugee Deportation from the United States

This is our first podcast in the Ottoman Greeks of the United States (1904-1924) podcast series. It tells the story of the S.S. Acropolis, a ship that transferred Armenian and Greek refugees from the city of Smyrna to Ellis Island in the winter of 1922. Modern Syrian refugees are experiencing similar trials and tribulations as the Armenian and Greek refugees from Smyrna. This podcast highlights those similarities. It transports its listeners back to the early 20th century, and weaves together newspaper accounts of the Smyrna refugees’ story with recollections of descendants of immigrants from the Ottoman Empire.

Safe Spaces: Episode 1 – No Place Like Home

This first episode of the Safe Spaces series spring-boards off of the controversial acceptance letter sent out this year to incoming students of the University of Chicago, and follows a racially charged and abnormally divisive presidential election. This episode explores what a safe space means to different students and faculty at the University of Florida and what influences them to create those spaces on campus. We’ll be examining what it took to put institutes such as IBC and La Casita in place as well as the significance of Ethnic Studies programs for students of all walks of life. This episode contains royalty-free music created by Bensound, Lee Rosevere, Arsonist and Kevin Hartnell. Links below:

Bensound musicLee Rosevere musicArsonist musicKevin Hatnell music


Gainesville 8: Episode 2

In this second installment of SPOHP volunteer John Paul Lorie’s three-part podcast on the Gainesville Eight, we hear Scott Camil and other members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) describing the founding of the organization and the recruitment of new members. One of the VVAW’s first major actions concluded with a march on the gates of the Capitol in which decorated veterans made short statements into a microphone and then threw their medals over the fence and toward the Capitol building. We also hear about the U.S. government’s harassment of Scott Camil in response to the effectiveness of his activism, preparing us for next week’s final installment which will describe the indictment of the Gainesville Eight on charges of conspiracy to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention.


Gainesville 8: Episode 1

Just on the heels of Veteran’s Day, SPOHP volunteer John Paul Lorie has assembled a three-part special feature on the Gainesville Eight. Members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the Gainesville Eight were indicted on charges of conspiracy to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. This first podcast follows one member of the Gainesville Eight, Scott Camil, through his military experiences in Vietnam and then the events that led him to join the VVAW.


SPOHP Special Feature: The Ongoing Fight for Equal Education in Cleveland, Mississippi

A highlight of SPOHP’s annual Mississippi Freedom Project research trip this year was the opportunity for staff member Anupa Kotipoyina to interview Edward Duvall, a pastor who has been working with the local community to finally desegregate all schools in Cleveland, Mississippi. Despite a 1969 desegregation order, the Cleveland School District continues, more than forty years later, in a legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice, recently appealing a May 2016 order to consolidate segregated middle and high schools. In this podcast, Duvall describes the role he and other community members have played in the stand against this issue, as well as the challenges of working within the legal and school systems to have their voices heard.

Voices From the Archives: Putting Food On America’s Table – Part 1

Our first entry of the Voices from the Archives series, “Putting Food on America’s Table,” features interviews with three women who grew up in farmworker families in central Florida. Their stories describe challenging living conditions, harrowing working conditions, and lasting impacts on the health of themselves and their families while, as Ms. Betty Dubose describes it, “putting food on America’s table.” We would like to thank Bensound and Incompetech for the royalty-free music that we were able to use in this podcast.


Search our iTunes account for other podcasts!

  1. Women Activist Feminists with Medea Benjamin (WAF-024)
  2. Community Organizing in America with David Barsamian (COA-025)
  3. Addiction History Project with Erika Clarke (ADHP-011)
  4. Addiction History Project with Tina Holmberg (ADHP-005)
  5. Florida Queer History with Fred Pratt (FQH-001)
  6. African American History Project with Joel Buchanan (FAB-039)
  7. Farmworker Association of Florida with Carol Johnson (FAF-005)
  8. Farmworker Association of Florida with Marie Francois (FAF-015)
  9. Vietnam War Veterans with Mary Bahr (VWV-048)
  10. Confederate Veterans Collection with Sarah Carrol (CONVET-003)

For transcripts of these interviews and more information about the podcast series, please contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at 241 Pugh Hall or 352-392-7168.

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With the help of coordinators Johanna Mellis and Raja Rahim, the Fall 2016 interns produced podcasts about sport history at the University of Florida.

University of Florida Digital Collections Archive

Image with linkTo date, 90+ oral history podcasts are available on the University of Florida’s Digital Collections website, including final projects for internship classes, as well as the Summer 2013 seminar and original SPOHP podcast series, released in 2009. Browse the following highlights for more information, and visit the UFDC to download the many available series.

To access information about individual podcasts, scroll through the UFDC collection. Podcasts below are from the Fall 2015 internship class. All podcasts are 15 minutes or less to facilitate easy access to local history for students, teachers, and the general public.

If I Never Swam (created by Sheldon Seale) 15:43

Former UF swimmer Angelina Ballatore (SAUF-011) talks about her childhood and discusses her experiences swimming in high school and college. She also briefly discusses her mother and father’s coaching careers and their continued involvement in the sport of swimming. Angelina gives a detailed account of what it was like competing with her siblings and the friends she made from swimming. She goes on to talk about the rigors of being a collegiate athlete and explains some of what it is like having to balance academics and athletics. Additionally, she also discusses her own coaching career and provides advice for young swimmers.

More Than That: Stephen Alli (created by Sam Winemiller) 17:17

Former University of Florida wide receiver Stephen Alli (SAUF-009) reflects on his path towards becoming a scholarship athlete. He shares some memories from his time with the UF football program and how injuries derailed his potential. Alli describes his current career goals to provide mental healthcare to athletes and wxplains how athlete identities consist of more than just playing a sport. He exemplifies this by describing some roles he plays in his life that make him more than just a former athlete.

Baseball Is Not Like Football (created by Allison Mitchell) 09:12

Jonathon Crawford (SAUF-007) talks about his experience as a University of Florida baseball player. He discusses amateurism in the context of baseball and how he perceives it. Crawford also discusses how his experience on the baseball team and as a UF student helped him achieve his goal of being a professional baseball player.

Kytra Hunter: The Making of a National Champion (created by Shannon Cea) 16:11

Shannon Cea sat down with Kytra Hunter (SAUF-008) and discussed Hunter’s early childhood years as an aspiring Olympic gymnast, all the way up to present day. This podcast highlights Hunter’s adolescence as well as her recruitment process here at The University of Florida. Hunter also discusses the hardships she faced entering UF as well as what her daily life was like as a student-athlete. Shannon and Kytra also illustrated what the term “student-athlete” means in Hunter’s experience, as well as her treatment by the university and plans for the future.

SAUF-004 Aubree Munro 10-21-2016 (created by Wensley MacFarlane) 05:18

SAUF-006 JD Tomlinson 10-21-2016  (created by Carlos Pierre) 13:54

Student Athletes at the University of Florida (created by Jasmyn Sullivan) 12:14

Former University of Florida Swimmer Bradley DeBorde (SAUF 005) describes his experiences becoming a colligate swimmer and how he overcame personal obstacles to be the best person he could. He explains his family’s importance in life, importance of structure and discipline, and lastly shares heartwarming insights about how he and his teammates became life long brothers.

The Balancing Act (created by Ashley Kerr) 11:35

Former UF Women’s gymnast and current assistant to the head coach Ashley Kerr (SAUF-003) describes her experience as a student-athlete at UF. She delves into her experiences at UF, including her fondest memories. Ashley reflects on gymnastics as a sport, the elitism aspect of it, and diversity. She also speaks on the topic of amateurism in collegiate women’s gymnastics.

Tracking Grace VanDeGrift: Life and Sports at UF (created by Susan Atkinson) 37:56

Former University of Florida track and cross-country runnier, Grace VanDeGrift reflects upon her athletic career. The podcast begins with her journey to UF, then talks about her experiences at the school. Some topics of conversation include: the complexities of track and cross-country being team and individual sports, Grace’s triumph over innumerable injuries, her thoughts on the role of a student-athlete, community service, leadership, and the services or lack of services provided by UF. Grace’s story contradicts many misconceived notions about the lives of student-athletes.

From Walk-On to Wonder (created by Daniel Minter) 27:51

In this podcast, Michael McNeely (SAUF-001), former walk-on football player at the University of Florida, describes his path to joining the team. He talks about how his childhood and his parents equipped him to be successful in pursuit of walking-on at a Division-I football program, and then delves into some stories from his time on the team. He also discusses his opinions on some hot topics in college athletics today, including compensation, academic performance, and the inherent injury risk associated with football. The podcast concludes with a short byte about his future plans now that he is in medical school.


sity of Florida Digital Collections, and more, please contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

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With the help of coordinators Johanna Mellis and Meagan Frenzer, the Spring 2016 interns produced podcasts about the local history of craft brewing in Florida. Image from Visit Gainesville.

University of Florida Digital Collections Archive

To date, 90+ oral history podcasts are available on the University of Florida’s Digital Collections website, including final projects for internship classes, as well as the Summer 2013 seminar and original SPOHP podcast series, released in 2009. Browse the following highlights for more information, and visit the UFDC to download the many available series.

To access information about individual podcasts, scroll through the UFDC collection. Podcasts below are from the Fall 2015 internship class. All podcasts are 15 minutes or less to facilitate easy access to local history for students, teachers, and the general public.

 The Floridian Home Brewer (created by Ashley Goez) 04:35

Ron Minkoff (WB-016) a certified beer judge and home brewer describes his journey with his passion of home brewing. Through his journey he was able to see the growth of the Florida home brewing industry first hand to what it is today.

“It’s All About Diversity” (created by Jaclyn Loschaivo) 04:18

Craig Birkmaier (WB-017) recalls his early experiences with craft brewing and what attracted him to the product. In this podcast, he describes what makes craft beer unique and how that shapes the industry.

Craft Beer in Gainesville (created by Kelsey Landau) 05:56

Ian Tyler (WB-015), the Regional Sales Manager at First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville, Florida, discusses the expansion and limits of both the brewery’s growth and the growth of the craft beer industry as a whole, as well as his role in working with distributors around the state. He views the rise of the craft beer industry as a positive development, and thinks that First Magnitude will continue to distinguish itself from its competition through the quality of its beer and its connection with the people of Gainesville.

From Biologist to Bartender (created by Christina Marshall) 05:34

Arthur Rudolph, bartender and quality assurance/quality control expert at First Magnitude Brewing, explains how he got involved in the craft beer industry in Gainesville as well as how he envisions the future of the craft beer scene.

From Home Brewer to First Magnitude Cellar Worker (created by Sophia Skoglund) 05:56

Simon Mcclung, a cellar worker at the craft brewery First Magnitude, sheds light on his involvement with the brewery as well as his personal experiences with craft beer. Simon was interested in home brewing, which let to applying at First Magnitude. Simon talks about how he first got interested in craft, what it’s like working at a brewery, and gave a great introduction to First Magnitude Brewery and the plethora of wonderful things about it that make the local brewery so incredibly unique.

Leaving the Swamp (created by Alex Sargent) 6:46

 In 2014, Dr. John Denny (WB-012) ended a thirteen year career at the University of Florida to pursue his dream of opening a   brewery. In the year and a half since its opening, First Magnitude Brewing Company has become a mainstay of Gainesville beer culture. In this interview, Dr. Denny, who works as First Magnitude’s head brewer, highlights the way that his time as a student advisor motivated him to pursue his goals, and how he eventually decided to take a risk on a dream that would also involve leaving UF behind.

Brewing in Gainesville (created by Holland Hall) 04:49

Eric Dreyer, a brewer at First Magnitude Brewing Company in downtown Gainesville, Florida, shares how he stumbled upon the craft brewing scene during his graduate education at the University of Florida. Through recalling his early experiences with this hobby, he refers to one of his earlier batches of home-brewed beer, which he notes did not turn out so well. However, Dreyer continued his hobby, and eventually found himself working as one of the head brewers for First Magnitude as it entered the emerging local craft beer market in Gainesville.

An “Accidental Entrepreneur” Opens a Brewery (created by Cleary Larkin) 07:49

Meg The Losen speaks about the decision in 2013 to open First Magnitude Brewery with her husband, Wells, and friends John and Christine Denny. In this podcast, she describes what the bar and craft beer scene were like in Gainesville in 2000 and the factors involved in choosing the location of the brewery. She also speculates about the future of craft brewing in Gainesville and Florida.

Craft beer, Mermaids and the Heavens (created by Cleary Larkin) 08:38

Meg The Losen describes the process for branding First Magnitude, including development of the name and their unique mermaid logo. The podcast ends with Meg’s recollections of opening day in August of 2014.

Behind the Bar and the Desk (created by Allison Mangan) 05:40

Lane Abraben discusses how his interest in craft brewing led him to become a bartender and the Director of Marketing and Events at First Magnitude Brewery. Mr. Abraben discusses his day-to-day operation in the company, his belief in the product and atmosphere of the brewery, and where he sees himself in the young company’s future.

The Inherently Floridian Brewery (created by Danielle Rose) 06:11

Swamp Head Brewery’s marketing manager Brandon Nappy (WB-003) describes the changes in Gainesville’s craft beer industry over the past five years. He also describes Swamp Head’s connection to the local community and environment, and reflects on the collaborative nature of the industry.

Community in the Craft (created by Kristen Keck)  05:15

Unsure of what he wanted to pursue as a career, Steve Smith worked as a bartender and at a local liquor store while attending Santa Fe College. He discovered his interest for craft beer and began working for First Magnitude Brewing Company as a tasting room manager since they first opened in 2014. Steve gives us insight into the amazing community that surrounds the craft beer culture and his thoughts on the future of the industry as it has evolved over the years.

Joey Redner: What’s Brewing in the Sunshine State? (created by Brandon Austin) 04:46

CEO and founder of Cigar City Brewing, Joey Redner (WB-002) discusses how his upbringing in Florida has impacted his life. Joey also goes into detail how the cultural influences of Tampa have played into his breweries day-to-day operations. The importance of community in local breweries is also a major topic that is examined.

For more information about the podcast series, University of Florida Digital Collections, and more, please contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

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