The Latina History Project (LHP) at Southwestern University is “Co-directed by faculty members Dr. Brenda Sendejo (Anthropology) and Dr. Alison Kafer (Feminist Studies) the LHP is a faculty-student research project that aims to enhance undergraduate education and provide resources on Latina/o and Chicana/o history in the Central Texas region. While the project began with the goal of digitizing the ‘Rostros y Almas/Faces and Souls’ exhibit on local Tejanas, it has grown to encompass the broader mission of enhancing understandings of Latina/o and Chicana/o history. The LHP does so through the collection of oral histories from past and present members of Southwestern community as well as several activists, including key figures in the Chicana/o Movement in Texas.” Explore their Omeka collection and discover oral histories such as Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva’s narrative.
Spring 2017 Hansen Lecture:
Featuring Keir Pearson
When: Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30PM
Where: Titan Student Union, Theatre, CSUF
Free and Open to the Public
Students can participate in a meet and greet with
Mr. Keir Pearson from 4pm – 5pm in PLS 360!
Pearson, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Hotel Rwanda,” will speak on “History and Hollywood: The Power of Storytelling Through Film” April 5 as part of the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History’s annual Hansen Lecture.
Pearson, also the executive producer and screenwriter of “Chavez,” has worked extensively on historical biopics usually with sociopolitical undercurrents. He’s worked for Warner Bros., Paramount, HBO, Fox TV and History Channel.
The Hansen Lectureship was created by the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History in honor of Arthur A. Hansen, CSUF professor emeritus of history and retired center director. The lectureship also funds an annual fellowship for a CSUF student pursuing a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on oral and public history.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Students can participate in a meet and greet with Pearson from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 360 of Pollak Library.
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.
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.
CSU, Fullerton graduate students Natalie Navar, Kevin Cabrera, and Carie Rael showcased their oral histories in a performance at the 2015 SOHA Conference in California. These narrators voices were echoed in the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center with this powerful Closing Performance. This research was conducted on behalf of the Center for Oral and Public History at CSUF. Attend the 2017 conference to learn more about this performance technique! Visit southwestoralhistory.org to register.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 9AM-12:30 PM: ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP
This introductory workshop for budding oral historians will discuss the importance of oral history and how to do it, how to select recording equipment, how to use SDHC archival resources, and how to transcribe and preserve interviews.
Taught by SDHC Oral Historian Amanda Tewes and Archivist Jane Kenealy, this workshop is perfect for those interested in starting family, community, and academic oral history projects. Includes 30-minute coffee break.
San Diego History Center, Thornton Theater Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 Members / $25 Non-Members
At SOHA, we are dedicated to helping oral historians in the American Southwest however we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-895-5011.
Thank you all for the amazing work that you do. We look forward to seeing you all in Tempe!
The SOHA session Capturing Our Community’s Voice with Multidisciplinary Approaches at the 50th Oral History Association Conference featured Orange County directors Kevin Cabrera, Jennifer Keil, and Tram Le. This roundtable was chaired by Dr. Tram Le from University of California, Irvine. We discussed how to use community events to start and maintain oral history projects. We apply multidisciplinary approaches to the field. We extend our projects’ network by inviting other groups such as artists, actors, videographers, and journalists to collaborate by asking for their expertise. In order to enhance the narrators’ voices, we curate exhibits that emphasize these everyday perspectives.
One can access the Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine collection via their website, http://sites.uci.edu/vaohp/ where their collection is transcribed and translated. One can attend the UCI Spring Exhibit Opening Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive, which will be held on May 16, 2017. For more information, visit news.lib.uci.edu. The UCI Libraries are also exhibiting Our Majestic Lands: California’s National Parks which will be on display through June 2017.
The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana oral history collection can be accessed in person by visiting their archive. They have partnered with Orange County Historical Society which offers an array of collections that is open the last Saturday of every month from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. They are now offering bilingual tours of their nature walks through their Volunteer Naturalist Program. The exhibit America’s Favorite Past Time will be opening in 2017. Visit heritagemuseumoc.org for more information.
The Balboa Island Museum in Newport Beach is partnering with the Orange County Historical Commission to participate in the Uncovering Hidden Histories in Orange County which will be held on June 10, 2017 from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. This community event will provide resources to people working on family and local history. It will specifically educate the public about how to conduct oral histories. History organizations are welcome to participate at no cost. They should contact Heather Glasgow at 714-973-6610 or email@example.com by May 1st. Jennifer and Cindy Keil will also be presenting at the 2017 SOHA conference on Thursday, April 27th on “Digital Oral History Methodology” which will review their process on starting two community projects.