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ORAL HISTORy OF MEDALLIC ART

 

Medal Collectors of America launches a new feature on its MCA Website

The Medal Collectors of America is now posting on this website a new feature, Oral History of Medallic Art, based on interviews of prominent medal collectors, dealers, curators and other historians of medallic art.  The interviews  are available for listening by clicking on the Link on this page.

The Oral History feature is set up in a similar way as that which links to MEMBERS' CORNER currently on the site. By clicking on the ORAL HISTORY OF MEDALLIC ART  link, the viewer will get a new page with introductory remarks, a list of the interviewers, the medallic historian being interviewed and brief descriptions of the content of the interviews. If the interview is very long, it will be broken up into sections so the download time is reasonable. The link to these Oral Histories will be available on every page of the website. 

The Oral History Project is the result of a close collaboration between Ben Weiss (your webmaster) and several other members of the MCA, notably, John Adams, John Sallay, and Bob Fritsch. Special thanks go to Mark Schlepphorst, who did most of the initial work in setting up the technical aspects of the project and who has so generously offered to do the very large job of editing the interviews before they are posted, and to Dick Johnson, who not only provided several useful suggestions concerning the interviews but who also served as one of the interviewers of this project.

This novel project will constitute an important new addition to our body of knowledge of the History of Medallic Art. The Internet is uniquely suited for these Oral Histories for it allows rapid and readily accessible dissemination of this information. By posting the interviews on our website it will place the MCA at the forefront of documenting the early history of the field of Medallic Art and making it readily available for all to hear and view. (Ben Weiss)

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