Photo of BarbBarbara Sommer, a Minnesota native and an oral historian for thirty years, doing business as BWS Associates for more than twenty years, has spent her career in the field of public history. She has served as historical organization director and director or co-director for numerous oral history projects, has led oral history workshops, and has presented at state, regional, and national, and international conferences. She is a founder of the Oral History Association of Minnesota and the Nebraska Foundation for the Preservation of Oral History and is a long-time member of the Oral History Association where she serves as a member of its Nominating Committee. Sommer has taught oral history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University.