SOHA Conference Program

APRIL 27-29
Looking Forward: Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History
* 2017 Conference Registration

Please view the 2017 Conference Program to see the workshop and session details. There will be film screenings and a trip to the Heard Museum. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to join us, so register today!


University of Arizona Special Collections & Exhibit

This collection contains a wide variety of interviewees over many years. Interviewees include Arizona pioneers and prominent citizens. As well, histories include narrations by pioneers themselves and discuss how families came to live in certain parts of Arizona. The collection is organized alphabetically by interviewee. It comprised a wide variety of topics and subject matter. A brief overview of subject matter discussed in the oral histories is provided with the individuals name.

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Visions of the Borderlands Exhibition


Monday, January 23 to Friday, June 30


Bob Díaz & Verónica Reyes-Escudero

Since the 1800’s, American popular culture has been filled with romanticized depictions about the West and the US Mexican border. These stereotypes became conventions in Western novels which typically include plots that portray conflicts between “law abiding” Americans and “blood thirsty” Indians who are typically regarded “savages” and treated as “other”. The Mexican border is typically portrayed as “lawless,” and Mexicans are usually described as dirty “bandidos”. Only American law and justice can bring peace in these works. Hollywood has also perpetuated these myths as evidenced in the abundance of Western films produced throughout the 20th Century the majority of which include stereotyped portrayals of Indians and Mexicans.

Tourism was an important enterprise in the first half of the twentieth century Southwest which also perpetuated a number of myths about the West and the border. In order to attract visitors to places like Tucson, groups such as the Tucson Sunshine Climate Club created promotional materials showing lots of open space, people enjoying the sunshine by a cool, clean swimming pool, and lots of fun “cowboy” like activities, such as horseback riding and cattle drives. Dude ranches, where “real” cowboys worked, were also in abundance and owners and promoters of these businesses, typically portrayed the region as having a mild, sunny climate, with lots of opportunities to engage in a variety of outdoor activities.

Visions of the Borderlands: Myths and Realities is an exhibition inspired by two works published by the University of Arizona Press, Celluloid Pueblo by Jennifer L. Jenkins and Postcards from the Sonora Border by Daniel D. Arreola. There is a reality and a myth of the U.S.–Mexico borderlands, propagated through multiple lenses. Featuring material depicting both reality and myth through photography, posters, pamphlets, and written documentation, this exhibit centers on important areas of enterprise for the Southwest such as photography and film; copper mining; tourism; and cattle ranching. It also expresses issues of discord such as the Mexican Revolution, mining strikes, and immigrant exclusionary legislation of the time.

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Oral History Workshop

Join SOHA at our annual conference in Tempe, AZ! We are offering an introduction workshop on Thurday, April 27th from 8:30-noon for $20.


APRIL 27-29, 2017 – TEMPE AZ
— Looking Forward: Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History 
* 2017 Conference Registration

2017 Conference Registration Fees 
Same rates as 2015! 
Full registration* 
Early-bird (until April 13, 2017):  
SOHA Members $145 
Non-members $165 
Students $85 
(includes one-year SOHA membership) 
One Day $75 
*Full registration includes the welcoming reception, two meal events, and special off-site activities. 
Into History: Beginning Oral History Workshop Flyer

Tempe, AZ

Tempe, AZ is a stunning location for this year’s SOHA conference. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to visit this area and meet oral historians. Please register via our website,

APRIL 27-29, 2017 – TEMPE AZ
— Looking Forward: Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History 
* 2017 Conference Registration

This photo was taken by Lyonel Tso, a Navajo from Page, Arizona. He is a graduate from Arizona State University-Tempe. He served the Native American student population in various capacities at ASU, including as a student specialist for the American Indian Student Support Services. He is a talented photographer, who captures on camera beautiful landscapes of Diné Bikéyah (Navajo lands). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-2010. He currently teaches high school science classes in the Phoenix area, specializing in environmental sciences. Making science relevant to the students’ lives is a key part of his pedagogical approach.  In his classes, Tso guides students to approach science, especially Earth and Space Science, with their own lives and cultures as the basis. Visit his website, for more details.

Arizona State Archives Legislative Oral History Project

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Contributed by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

The Legislative Oral History Project documents the memories of former state legislators about their time in office. This online collection only features excerpts of these oral histories. Full versions are available for public viewing at the Arizona State Archives, located at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History building, 1901 W. Madison, Phoenix, Arizona.

Call for Proposals



APRIL 27-29, 2017 – Doubletree Inn, Tempe, AZ

Looking Forward: Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History

For some communities, especially in the Southwest, oral history has been the primary form of history and a foundation of cultural and societal values. Likewise, underrepresented groups can find themselves left out of official histories, with stories as their only record. Oral history as methodology, therefore, needs to involve more than conducting an interview. Learning and gathering the stories of various communities and unheard voices inspires many of us to share them in the present and preserve them for the future. Join us in Tempe, AZ for our annual SOHA conference in 2017, where we will share, observe, and collaborate on the fascinating work being done in the field of oral history throughout our region and beyond. We encourage all members, friends, and supporters to attend and to participate on a panel, roundtable, performance, workshop, or other form of involvement.

The Program Committee invites proposals that cover a variety of oral history topics on the general theme of Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History. Students are especially encouraged to participate. SOHA members typically represent Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and western Texas, but our roster includes members from all over the U.S. There are no geographical limits to who can participate and share experiences. We are interested in hearing from oral historians—practitioners, community organizations, professionals, students — from all parts of the country.

Proposal submission deadline: December 2, 2016

Please find further submission guidelines at

Presentation submissions should include a title, short abstract, and presenter bio or CV.

Full panel and roundtable submissions are highly encouraged.

We will create panels from related individual proposals as needed. All submissions will be acknowledged; please contact us if you do not receive a reply. Notification of Acceptance letters will be sent no later than January 20, 2017.

Current SOHA membership and 2017 conference pre-registration are required of all program participants. SOHA annual membership runs with the calendar year: January through December.

The Program Committee also welcomes those who are willing to serve as commentators or panel chairs. If you plan to attend the SOHA 2017 annual conference and would be willing to serve in either capacity, please e-mail a brief CV, description of your area of expertise, and topics of special interest to by December 16, 2016. Please put “2017 Chair or Commentator” in the Subject line.

Questions? Contact the SOHA office: or call 702-895-5011.

SOHA 2017 Conference

SOHA 2017 Conference

Put April 27-29, 2017 and Tempe, Arizona on your calendar now! That is the date and place for the 2017 SOHA Annual Meeting. The Conference Planning Committee, led by 1st Vice President Carlos Lopez, is planning a great conference. Please let us know if you would like to get involved: contact us at

Call for Proposals
Submission Guidelines
Individual Submission Form
Panel Submission Form

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

We hope you enjoy our Summer 2016 Newsletter and can share it with colleagues. You can also read our past editions:

Join our membership to receive a subscription to this newsletter and to annual meetings. Please save the date for our 2017 SOHA Annual Conference from April 27-29 2017 in Tempe, Arizona at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Call for Proposals Coming Soon!