"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
FRESNO-In their Own Words: Sikh Youth Oral History Project is a project sponsored by the Fresno County Historical Society (FCHS) and in collaboration with Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). This exciting project has focused on teaching Sikh youth how to become the collectors and curators of their personal history. Through a series of educational workshops and intergenerational public history projects, the students have learned how to perform family history research, oral history collection, digitization, and exhibition skills while developing a deeper understanding of the international context of their family history. The students conducted interviews with family members and members of the Sikh community, learning about their lives and their experiences. After completing the interview process, the students then learned how to professionally edit the interviews through training workshops at CMAC. This exhibit is the culmination of the students’ efforts and dedication to share the rich history and experiences of the Sikh community.
On exhibit now in their gallery! You can watch the full documentary on their YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/ECOcE5cxVKs
Runs: June-September 1, 2023
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Project Grant.