REACHABLE Grant partnership with
Fresno State prepares to wrap up its second year
Reimagine Educating: American Civics and History Academies for Better Learning and Engagement (REACHABLE) offers intensive learning experiences to 50 teachers and 100 high school students from the Fresno area each year. Partnering with Fresno State's College of Social Sciences on REACHABLE are UC Davis' California History-Social Science Project and the Fresno Historical Society.
The Society's contribution to the five-year grant project includes presentations by Archivist Katy Hogue and sharing of primary historical resources. Ms. Hogue will discuss the role of regional archives in the preservation of history, and describe the use of the Society's archival collections as primary sources at a half-day seminar in June. She will also mentor the student participants in the production of a historical essay. In addition, the Society will provide the teachers with both a physical binder and digital access of local history resources for use in the development of classroom curriculum.
Since last November, Ms. Hogue and a team of volunteers have gathered primary materials relating to this year's topic; World War II and Early Twentieth Century Immigration. Home front activities will be illustrated with records of the the Central California War Industries and the civilian Aircraft Warning Service. Individual collections such as that of Marion Bigelow, shown in the center above at the Katura Club she established in the Russell Islands as a Red Cross volunteer, will help students to understand the participation of women in the war effort. The Society's 1978 Ethnic Oral History Collection will provide a narrative of the lives of early twentieth-century immigrants as they moved into California and the San Joaquin Valley.
Many thanks to David Rodriguez of the Pinedale History Project for sharing materials relating to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Camp Pinedale.