Teen Community Historians

Meetings are held every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00pm in the Santa Ana History Room

There are three main questions that guide the focus of the Teen Community Historians program:

  • What is migration?
  • How do we preserve migration stories?
  • How can we share these experiences with a larger audience? 

By addressing these questions, Teen Community Historians regularly participating in the Memories of Migration project will gain valuable knowledge and skills that reinforce the Common Core Standards Initiative implemented in our education system.

Throughout the course of the Teen Community Historians program, participants will be trained how to read, understand, interpret, and analyze both primary sources (interviews, original documents, creative works, and relics/artifacts) and secondary sources (publications, interpretations, and maps).  Teen Historians will learn how to utilize these sources to develop relevant questions tailored to each interviewee, research an interviewee’s life and experiences, and transcribe, analyze, and summarize each of their conducted interviews. Along with engaging Common Core Standards for History and Social Studies, the digital media and digitization components implemented in the Memories of Migration “memory gathering” process touch on standards for Science and Technical Subjects. Such components include citing textual evidence, following multistep procedures, integrating quantitative and technical information with visual expressions, distinguishing between facts and speculation, as well as utilizing technology like cameras, scanners, microfilm readers, and computers.

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS grant LG-07-14-0067-14