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Fresno County Sikh Youth Oral History Project 


Be Part of Making History...
Join the Sikh Youth Oral History Project


FCHS is seeking 15 to 20 students of Sikh descent to join a cohort for our Sikh American Youth Oral History Project. 


Students will discover the importance of collecting primary source stories and discovering more of their own heritage through multi-generational connections. These oral histories will present a rare, first-hand look into one of the fastest growing populations, not only in the San Joaquin Valley, but in California and across the nation.  The cohort will learn how to prepare for and conduct interviews from Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker, Elizabeth Laval, whose team will oversee the editing process as well.  Each student will collect a video oral history from someone of their choice in the Sikh community.   This may be a relative, an elder, business leader or friend. 

Students will participate in training sessions in the FCHS public room at Kearney Mansion and will join one or more planned collection events to record and capture the personal stories and oral histories for this project. 

The project will culminate with the oral histories being presented individually by their creators at a public event and exhibition prior to having them uploaded to the websites of the Fresno County Historical Society and California Humanities.

Participating students must be between 14 and 18 years old, live in Fresno County, California, be able to attend the majority of the in-person training sessions and at least one of the planned collection events. 

Space is limited to 20 students, please apply today!

This project is generously funded by California Humanities with matching funds from members of the community. 

Questions?  Please call 559-777-4090. 

Student Registration

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