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​Spring 2010

El Programa Bracero/The Bracero Program: An Oral History Project

CGCC Library is hosting the Smithsonian exhibit "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964" spring semester 2011.
 
In anticipation of the exhibit, CGCC has been collecting local oral histories of residents who have ties to the Bracero Program, either as workers, as employers, as overseers, or as children of those involved. Each entry includes audio files of the interview as well as transcripts.
 
Equipment for conducting the oral histories has been partially funded by a grant from SOHA, Southwest Oral History Association.
 
Follow the link to view the project.

​Spring 2008

Celebrating our Local Women's History: An Oral History Project

In the spring 2008, students in a HIS 201: History of Women in America class interviewed women from Gilbert and the Southeast Valley to learn about their roles and experiences in the community. The students conducted oral interviews and wrote the women's biographies to upload in these web pages. In addition, they collected photographs of the women. Kayla Kolar, Executive Director of the Gilbert Historical Museum, helped to identify participants for the project and prepared the students to conduct the interviews. She also coordinated the video taping of each woman's story. Ken Fagan, ASU Producer/Editor, did the actual taping of the interviews. Students Damien Hernandez, Danny Martinez, and Brian Teran helped to digitize the photos. Ron Slamka provided technical support for creating and launching the web pages. Enjoy the women's stories and the students' work!

​Fall 2006

Women Leaders and Activists: An Oral History Project

In the fall 2006, students in a HIS 201: History of Women in America class interviewed women leaders and activists to learn about their roles in the community. The women's work represents a wide variety of involvement, from historic preservation to child abuse prevention to public office. Some students taped interviews and transcribed parts of their tapes to upload in these web pages. In addition, they collected photographs of the women. Other students conducted library research on women leaders/activists from a historical perspective, 1600s-1900s. Jean Reynolds, Public Historian for the City of Chandler, helped to identify participants for the project and prepared the students to conduct the interviews. Student Sharayah Danley helped to digitize the photos. Audree Thurman (from TSS) provided technical support for creating and launching the web pages. Enjoy the women's stories and the students' work

Fall 2005

Women Veterans from WW2 and Vietnam: Oral History Project

In the fall 2005, students in a HIS 201: History of Women in America class worked with Jean Reynolds, Public Historian for the City of Chandler, to identify women veterans from WWII and the Vietnam War to interview for an oral history project. Some of the students taped interviews and transcribed parts of their tapes to upload into these web pages. In addition, they collected photographs to provide visuals for the pages. Other students worked with Larry Miller, college librarian, to research and write overviews of the different war eras. Web programmer Audree Thurman provided technical support for creating and launching the pages. Students Brittany Marlow and Jon Garza assisted with digitizing the photos. Enjoy the students' work and the women's stories. 
 
Click here for the Oral Histories of WW2 women.
 
Click here for the Oral Histories of Vietnam women.

Spring 2005

Driving Chandler Streets: Research Project


In the spring of 2005 students in two Southwest History classes worked with the Jean Reynolds, Public History Coordinator for the City of Chandler, Arizona to research the stories behind the street names in Chandler and the southeast valley. After Jean Reynolds determined which streets appeared to have adequate accessible information, the students selected their streets, visited the Chandler Museum and began their research. In addition to the Chandler Museum, the students visited other museums in the area including the Gilbert Historical Society Museum, the San Tan Historical Society Museum, and the Tempe Historical Museum. They also conducted interviews with several long-time Chandler residents. Working with their instructors, Trish Blaine and Pamela Petty, as well as technologists and web designers, Jill Pabst, Jessica Jimenez, Lesley Cryderman, and Jon Garza, students then uploaded their findings onto these web pages. Subsequently Audree Thurman added a "blog" component to the web pages, so others could add to their findings. Enjoy the students' work and please consider adding any additional information you might have on the history behind the street names. 
 
Click here to see this project.

​Fall 2004

Chandler's Pioneer Women: Oral History Project

Dr. Kim Chuppa-Cornell, faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, has been conducting oral history projects with her students for the past few years as a way to bring history to life and to emphasize the importance of everyone's story. 
 
During the summer of 2004, Dr. Chuppa-Cornell contacted Jean Reynolds, Public Historian for the City of Chandler, about oral history ideas. Together they designed a web-based project where students would conduct a life history with women from various cultures in Chandler. The students in Dr. Chuppa-Cornell's U.S. women's history class contacted the narrators, recorded the oral histories on tape, collected photographs, wrote the summaries of the interview, and produced the web pages. The web page itself was designed by Jill Pabst and Jessica Jimenez, CGCC graphic artists. Mrs. Pabst and Ms. Jimenez were instrumental in assisting the students during web page construction as well as during the editing phases of the project.
 
CGCC will donate the tapes and summaries from the project to the Chandler Museum. Ms. Reynolds and Dr. Chuppa-Cornell are planning future projects to continue this collaboration between the college and the City of Chandler's Publish History Program. 
 
Click here to see this project