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Oral history projects associated with certain places or locales tend to document their own areas quite well, and the Oral History Research Center at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas is definitely no exception. Established in September 2003, the Center is committed to conducting and collecting audiotaped interviews (with the occasional video segment) with persons who can give first-hand reflections and commentary on historical topics that relate the history of Southern Nevada and its environs. To that end, visitors should not be at all surprised to learn that some of their current work includes taping interviews with Las Vegas showgirls and documenting the experiences of tappers working in that same city. The recollections of tap dancers are a real treat, as visitors can learn about the work of Carolyn Freeman, Toby Uriosts, and Marjorie Pierce. As one might hope, this particular area of the site also includes a few video clips of the dancers in action.
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