Southwest Oral History Association celebrates 35 years at OHA@50

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The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary at OHA@50. In commemoration of the milestone, SOHA will host a celebration on Saturday October 15th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the historic First Congregational Church of Long Beach, located at 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, California 90802 (about six blocks from the hotel). Please join us for a sociable evening of celebration, food, and drinks. All are welcome to attend: SOHA members, friends, supporters, and non-members as well.

That evening, we will honor this year’s James V. Mink Award recipient, oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino. The James V. Mink award was established in 1984 and named after an important figure in the field of oral history. Mink dedicated himself immensely to SOHA during the organization’s early days, thus the award carries a long legacy and highlights significant contributors and contributions in the field of oral history. Virginia is being celebrated for her outstanding and notable work on the enlightening documentary, No Mas Bebes. She has expressed excitement, humility, and gratitude over her award. “My role as a historian has been to follow in the footsteps of my mentor, and rescue histories of perseverance and resilience, and to highlight the uncommon courage of mothers and activists whose bravery benefits us all,” conveyed Virginia who through her research remains engaged and grounded in her community.

Come and be part of SOHA—either for one night or for the rest of your life. SOHA is committed to a diverse and laid back environment. A requested donation of $15 per person is expected with the proceeds going to the SOHA scholarship/grant fund.  For more information and to RSVP contact us at

See you soon!!!

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