One of the best ways to get to know a new community is to immerse yourself in it! When Rocio Jiménez moved to Southern Oregon from Mexico, she decided to help clean up her neighborhood and to "volunteer for many years in the Jackson Elementary School, helping the teachers with different groups and activities" and "reading books to the kids in kindergarten." Lin Cong moved to the United States four years ago. "My English is much better than before," he says. "Everything is progressing in my new life. That gives me lots of hope. I'm thinking about getting my college degree in the next few years."
The new History: Made by You exhibition, "Stories of Home," highlights Lin's and many others' experiences of immigrating to Southern Oregon. The exhibit will be at the Medford Library from Friday, March 29, 2013 through May 23, 2013. It will be at the Rogue Valley Mall from Thursday, May 23, 2013 through Wednesday, June 10, 2013.
"Stories of Home" explores themes of creating a sense of belonging that we all seek in our communities. Most of us living in Southern Oregon moved here recently - sometimes a few years ago, sometimes a few generations - and we can relate to the struggle of coming to a new place to find a new home. These students', in their own words, describe their contributions to the community, advice for newcomers, and why they chose to move here.
For this project, SOHS partnered with a high intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language class in Rogue Community College's ESL Program and their instructor and ESL Faculty Coordinator, Kiersta Fricke-Gostnell. The exhibition features student writing; portraits of the students, photographed by Greg Zurbrugg; and objects from the students' native countries.
For more information on the exhibition, please contact Amy Drake, Curator of Special Projects, at the Southern Oregon Historical Society at email@example.com or (541) 773-6536 ext. 1006.
Notice of Election for the Board of Trustees of the Southern Oregon Historical Society
Southern Oregon Historical Society will hold its annual election of new members
to the Board of Trustees beginning May 10, 2013. All members in good standing
of the Society are eligible to vote. Balloting will be by mail, and ballots
must be received by May 27, 2013.
Society will be electing at least 6 new members from among those put forward by the
Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees and those nominated
through petition by the membership. Those nominated by the Board are:
Robert (Bob) Harrison
Members of the Southern Oregon Historical Society may nominate additional candidates by petition as specified in the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation of the Society:
“A member of the Society may be nominated by petition signed by fifteen other Society members. Such petition(s) must be provided by the Secretary not less than 45 days before the election and returned to the Secretary not less than 30 days before the election, so that nominees can be included and identified as candidates on the ballot.”
member wishing to nominate a candidate for election to the Board should contact
SOHS at 541-773-6536 Ext. 1002 or Ext 1005 or at 106 N. Central Avenue,
Medford, OR 97501 to obtain a nomination petition. Completed petitions must be
returned by mail, postmarked no later than May 11, 2013, or delivered in person
no later than 5:00pm on May 13.
The results of the election will be announced at the annual membership meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society on June 6, 2013.