The Oral History Association call for proposals has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019. Please see oralhistory.org for submission guidelines. You will want to join SOHA at OHA for the 2019 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2019 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. The theme is “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History.” You will be able to attend fascinating panels and see Utah’s beautiful scenery.
According to Visit Salt Lake City, “To reach Big Cottonwood Canyon from Salt Lake City, take I-215 to the 6200 South “Canyons” exit and then continue east on U-152, following signs to Solitude and Brighton. This 15-mile scenic byway takes about one hour round trip. From the main road, this canyon narrows almost immediately into dramatic alpine scenery. This 15-mile drive provides access to excellent hiking, fishing, picnicking, rock climbing, and camping. During the mid-1800s, Old West miners sought their fortune in gold and silver ore here. Remnants of old mines can be spotted from trails winding up the slopes. Located in the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to Solitude and Brighton ski resorts. Both have full-service, year-round facilities. From Brighton there are several easy trails leading to various lakes, including Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Martha, and Dog Lake. The canyon is a protected watershed area and no dogs are permitted. Wilderness areas are located to the north and south.”
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Southwest Oral History Association is celebrating Women’s History Month! For our flashback Friday, here is President Marcia M. Gallo who presented the 2016 James V. Mink Award to oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino at SOHA’s 35th Anniversary Celebration which was held on October 15, 2016.
All SOHA conference room reservations need to be made by April 6, 2017 to guarantee the group rate and availability. The complimentary booking link for guests to make reservations is https://goo.gl/L7OiBZ. Guests also can call the hotel directly at 800-528-6481 and reference the group code XSO.
2017 Conference Hotel Costs DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe 2100 South Priest Drive Tempe, Arizona, 85282, USA (480) 967-1441 Single/Double $129 per night Triple $139 per night Quad $149 per night *Excluding taxes and/or fees
At SOHA 35th Anniversary event (L-R) 2nd VP Juan Coronado, Mink Awardee Virginia Espino, Past President Caryll Batt Dziedziak.
Join us for our annual meeting April 27-29 in Tempe, AZ. Today is the last day to submit your proposal. Conference rates and scholarship applications are made available on our site, southwestoralhistory.org.
SOHA 2016 scholarship and mini-grant award winners at the 35th Anniversary Celebration: (L-R) Hana Crawford, Davina Two Bears, Samuel Villarreal Catanach, Angel Hinzo, Elizabeth Berton-Reilly, Miguel Juarez
There is still time to apply for the 2017 awards. You can submit your application by January 20th. Please see each application for more details:
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.
VIRGINIA ESPINO is a historian at the UCLA Center for Oral History Research, and has conducted oral histories with major figures in the Latina/o community. Her research on coercive sterilization at LACMC provided the basis for the documentary project. Her research was published Las Obreras: Chicana Politics of Work and Family, edited by Vicki L. Ruiz, and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. She has served on the California Commission for Sex Equity, and the Los Angeles Chicano/Latino Education Committee. Visit www.nomasbebesmovie.com for more information.
Please attend the 35th Southwest Oral History Association Anniversary Celebration on October 15, 2016 from 6:30-8:00pm at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach for dinner and presentation of the 2016 Mink Award to oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino.