I am a practitioner of oral history. Since 2002, I have worked on numerous oral history projects for the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Mary Washington.

My current oral history project is a multi-year project focused on Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Virginia and the history of health care, hospital-based medicine, and health care delivery in the post-World War II United States.

Jess Rigelhaupt interviewing Dr. J. Thomas Ryan. 
Photo Credit: Mary Washington Healthcare
Jess Rigelhaupt interviewing Dr. J. Thomas Ryan. Photo Credit: Mary Washington Healthcare

The Free Lance-Star, the local newspaper in Fredericksburg, Virginia, published an article on the release of the Mary Washington Healthcare Oral History Project website, mwhchistory.com.

“For 115 years, Mary Washington Hospital has been where people in Fredericksburg are born. It’s where they die….That history is being preserved by University of Mary Washington associate professor of history and American studies Jess Rigelhaupt, whose oral history project on the independent, community hospital became available online in January.” Read More>>