We are creating and archiving a collection of formal oral histories and informal interviews, as well as student work that relates to the history of our valley.
Some of the reasons for and plans for these interviews and documents include:
- Showing our pride in the student successes that comes from their being taught interviewing and documentation processes so they proto-historians, doing history themselves as interviewers.
- Opening students to an appreciation of history by interviewing those who lived the history.
- Providing a research base of the narrators' stories, from people living in our valley, that can be of use to future students and researchers.
- Bringing the technological tools that are available into the educational process to more actively engage students.
- Bringing the technological tools that are available to make use of audio and video in our recording of the history of the people and places in our valley, whether we are remembering Santa Clara as the Valley of Heart's Delight or as Silicon Valley.
- Being of service to our community by doing this documentation, by connecting our work to that of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement, by connecting our students with elders in the area and making sure their stories are not lost.
- Providing a collage of our valley through the experiences or people, who for the most part, live here and would not be in a text book, and through the stories and other documents about the valley itself.
We welcome you to come take a class or a workshop, to become part of this important process of documenting what has happened in these water sheds that make our flat South San Francisco Bay plain, our valley, and what has been done by the globally diverse people who have live here.