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Mankato Kiwanis 100th Anniversary Oral History Project


I am a Member of the Mankato Community (or 12 Country Region around Mankato), can I Participate? 

We are accepting individual experiences and oral history interviews for this project.  

Requirements for Individual Contributions:

  • Current or past member of the Mankato Kiwanis club OR family members of club members OR individuals impacted by Mankato Kiwanis club programs and activities will also be included. 
  • Be an approved format (digital) or size (physical items).  See Resources for Project page for specific details.
  • If you'd like to provide an immediate written response to the questions, you can use "Your Mankato Kiwanis Story" page.

Do I need Special Equipment or Software to Participate?

No, you can use your personal devices (e.g. computer, phone) to record audio and video with the factory installed software.  Zoom is a great university provided software tool that can record and automatically generate transcripts of your video interview. is another option for recording and as an added bonus, it will transcribe the recording for you, too.  Be sure to review the File Format Specifications on the How to Submit page.  If you have specific software or equipment questions, contact the


Do the Individual Experiences have to be submitted in English or Do the Oral History interviews have to be conducted in English?

No.  Individual experiences and Oral history Interviews may be conducted in any language. We request that a translation is provided if possible.  We also ask that you identify the language if the materials are in a language other than English. 


Do the Oral History interviews have to be conducted in-Person?

No.  Oral History interviews should be done at a distance using a phone or other electronic device and/or by using programs like Zoom or  In the current situation, we highly recommend avoiding face to face in-person interviews.  If you can only conduct an interview in-person, we ask that you strictly follow Social Distancing Guidelines established by the CDC when conducting an in-person interview AND/OR encourage the person to fill out the Your Mankato Kiwanis Story form instead of conducting an in-person Oral History interview.  We do not expect you to travel to conduct in-person interviews. 


I'm not comfortable sharing my personal experiences as an oral history.  Do I have other options?


Yes.  We do not want anyone to contribute their experience who does not feel comfortable doing so.  We have a couple of other suggestions, but would welcome your creativity for contributions.  Current ideas:

  • Donate images of club activities over the years - Caption them.  
  • Donate club materials from your time as a member (examples: meeting minutes, posters, memorabilia, etc.)
  • Provide a written reflection about your time as a club member or how you have been impacted by the club.


Can I take or submit Photographs as part of a project? 

Yes!  Taking photographs is one way to document new or shared experiences.  If you are taking photographs for your project, please use the Photograph Release Form to record information about the photograph(s).  If you are taking photographs that have people in them, please ASK permission to take their photograph.  If the photograph has children under the age of 18, please ASK their parents for permission before taking the photograph.  You might want to consider having the people sign a photo release form like the one found here.  You do not need to use a photo release form when taking pictures or video of a large group.  Avoid taking photographs that have identifying information in them (such as license plates, house/street addresses and names). 

Additionally, if you take photographs, please add a caption or statement below each photograph to describe the contents and/or consider adding an Artist's Statement.  An artist’s statement is a short written piece accompanying your artwork that describes your work and helps to communicate to others what it is and how and why you created it.  For an overview of what an artist's statement can include, see this guide by Sarah Hotchkiss.  For examples of artists' statements, visit Cornerstone to see some statements written by students in the Art Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 


Can I Post the Personal Experiences or Oral History Interviews that I Conduct on My Own Webpages or Share them on Social Media Sites?


No.  Above all, respect the PRIVACY of the person you are interviewing.  NEVER share their experiences with anyone else.  Do not share on any form of social media or a personal website what someone has said in their interview with you.  These reflections can be both painful or have a happy ending, and it is up to the person to decide where and when they want to share something.  This is one purpose of our donor forms.  We want the interviewee to be comfortable sharing their story with the Archives and campus community and it is their choice.  Do not try to persuade an individual to share their story online or to allow you to post the materials.  You are just collecting the materials for the Archives.  Archives staff will gather, organize and describe the materials and make them available in acceptable forms and places at a later date.

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