Frybread Stories and Diné Oral Histories

Listen to Diné oral histories while learning how to make a traditional recipe of frybread during the OHA Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 16, 5 PM-7 PM, in Canyon’s Lobby at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.

Description: Frybread is a mixed symbol of survival, hope, death, and tragedy to Native Americans throughout North America. While learning how to prepare frybread dough with generations of Diné women, we will explore the complicated histories and oral traditions of frybread. We will have the opportunity to hear oral histories of Diné womanhood, family, and community, while enjoying frybread, known as “dah díníilghaazh” in Navajo.

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UCI Illuminations with Author Jill Lepore

A"The American Experience: A Lab Report"

Author Jill Lepore, “The American Experience: A Lab Report”

Public reading with Q&A 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is currently writing a history of the United States.

Jill Lepore is the keynote speaker for “Who Do We Think We Are? American Identity and the Democratic Ideal in the 21st Century.”

Lepore received a B.A. in English from Tufts University in 1987, an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1990, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1995. She joined the Harvard History Department in 2003 and was Chair of the History and Literature Program in 2005-10, 2012, and 2014. In 2012, she was named Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching. In 2014, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the American Philosophical Society. Since 2015, she has been an Affiliated Faculty member at the Harvard Law School. Her research has been funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Charles Warren Center, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She is the recipient of many honors and awards including honorary degrees from Bowdoin College, Colgate University, Tufts University, and Warwick University.           

Event Details

  • When: Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
  • Where: Friday, February 9, 4:00 p.m.
  • Organizer: Julia Lupton (email)

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SOHA Awards, Scholarships & Mini-Grant Applications

(L-R) SOHA president Marcia Gallo, General Scholarship winner Richard Ly, Eva Tulene-Watt awardees Rachael Cassidy and Diana (Midge) Dellinger, and SOHA officer Farina King
(L-R) SOHA president Marcia Gallo, General Scholarship winner Richard Ly, Eva Tulene-Watt awardees Rachael Cassidy and Diana (Midge) Dellinger, and SOHA officer Farina King 
Suzi Resnik celebrates with members of her family at the 2017 SOHA Awards Luncheon.
Suzi Resnik celebrates with members of her family at the 2017 SOHA Awards Luncheon. 

Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship for Native American Scholars:
Named in honor of Apache author and oral historian Eva Tulene Watt, who shared the story of her family and her people’s past through recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions (Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975, with Keith Basso, University of Arizona, 2004), this SOHA scholarship enables indigenous oral history practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. As part of the award, the SOHA conference registration fee is waived and travel and hotel expenses are reimbursed up to an amount of $500. Recipients are not eligible for the Eva Tulene Watt scholarship two years in a row. 
2018 Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship Application

General Scholarship:
SOHA awards two General Scholarships to oral historians and practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. Students, teachers, independent oral historians and individuals associated with nonprofit organizations in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply. Funding includes one cash award of $300 per recipient and should be applied toward travel and hotel expenses. The SOHA conference registration fee is waived. Recipients are not eligible for the General Scholarship two years in a row. 
2018 General Scholarship Application

SOHA awards up to three mini-grants each year totaling up to $1500. Funds may be used for interviewing, equipment, transcription, editing, publishing, and other oral history related expenses. Students, teachers, and independent researchers, historical societies, archives, museums, and non-profits in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply to conduct research on the Southwest. Recipients may be invited to present their work at a SOHA conference within two years of receiving the Award. We also ask that recipients prepare a written report on their work for inclusion in SOHA’s newsletter within six months of receiving the award.
2018 Mini-Grant Application

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UCI Libraries Celebrates CA National Parks

Coffee and Conversation with Al Baldwin
Vice Chair, Board of Directors at
the National Park Foundation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Ayala Science Library, Second Floor
University of California, Irvine

Al Baldwin

Enjoy a special presentation from Al Baldwin about news from the National Park Foundation and the future of our country’s most valuable landscapes alongside the UCI Libraries new exhibit.

Coffee and light appetizers will be served.

Please RSVP by February 21st:

Celebrating the Opening of the UCI Libraries’ Winter Exhibit

Our Majestic Lands: California’s National Parks

On Display through June 2017

Exhibit Curators: Becky Imamoto and Brian Williams

Out of all the states, California has the most national parks with nine in total, each representing an incredible diversity of environments and landscapes that includes both the lowest point in Death Valley,
and the largest elevation in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. While we now find enjoyment from their recreational use in activities ranging from hiking, to bouldering, camping and picnics, the appeal of these landscapes has a long and storied history that is uniquely
bound to the history of California and the establishment of the National Parks. The stories of the people who fought to preserve them for future generations are not without their controversies but the splendor of the parks are unquestionable and their enduring
appeal is a fundamental part of the California experience. This exhibition gives a look at the profound beauty that has inspired countless adventures into the National Parks of California to witness the awe of nature for themselves.

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Japanese Americans in WWII

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the creation of military areas along the west coast from which “any and all persons may be excluded” at the discretion of the Secretary of War. This order resulted in the mass deportation and incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese-American citizens and residents of Japanese descent on the premise that they constituted a security risk vis-a-vis the war with Japan. These families were forced to leave their homes and nearly all of their belongings and were placed in remote military-guarded camps for the next two and a half years.

California State University, Dominguez Hills plans to mark this dark point in U.S. history with a number of activities and events.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Schedule of Events

February 6-8, 2017

FILM SERIES  (Download flyer [pdf]) Visit for more details.

Beachside Historical Communities

Tensia Moriel Trejo, Susan Resnik, Annie Duval, and Jennifer Keil at the 35th Anniversary Celebration. Visit the beachside historical communities next time you’re in California! The Del Mar Historical Society and Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society would love to see you!

Our national parks can also be reminders of America’s history of race and civil rights – LA Times

Enjoy this LA Times article on National Parks. These sites are interpreting the past and using oral histories as a source. Please see this excerpt from the article:

It’s a story that the rangers at Manzanar National Historic Site, California’s other Japanese American interment camp, in the Owens Valley, about 220 miles north of Los Angeles, have been developing for more than two decades.

That site, a square-mile park within view of Mt. Whitney, contains robust displays on the incarceration experience that include audio of oral histories with survivors.

“It’s a history that is still alive,” said Alisa Lynch, Manzanar’s longtime chief of interpretation. “We can connect with people who experienced it. It’s a history that is relevant today.”

Feminists on City Council

20160430_151540.jpgAbby Dettenmaier is the project manager for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project. She featured narrators in the poster presentation titled, “Feminists on City Council” held at CSU, Fullerton. This collection is a part of the Center for Oral and Public History which is directed by Dr. Natalie Fousekis. You can access the collection’s finding aid to learn more about the narrators’ perspectives on local politics.