What I Do: LuAnn Jones

AHA Staff, October 2013



LuAnn Jones talks to What I Do, a new Perspectives on History video series, about her role as a historian in the Park History Program, and how she uses her background in oral history to train and teach in a variety of interdisciplinary settings.

"I've been in the Park Service for four and a half years, after a career in academia and other public history venues, and one of the reasons I think I was hired is because I had a lot of experience with oral history," she said. "So during my time there, I have developed an oral history program and have specifically focused on developing training opportunities for people who do oral history throughout the National Park Service."

By training staff from all over the country to interview longtime Park Service employees about the service, their properties, and their careers, Jones helps "capture some real oral histories that we can make part of the collection of the National Park Service."

Her work also puts her on the cutting edge of instructional design, as the Park Service looks to the future in creating blended or online courses from the materials she's created as part of her oral history programs.

See more from LuAnn Jones, and the What I Do series.