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"ORAL HISTORY"

At WHAM, we understand the power of storytelling and its ability to bring people together. This Oral History Series is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the art of spoken word and to experience history in a whole new way. The premier showing will feature the amazing stories produced by Vicki Hunt and filmed and edited by Nicholas Serpa.


Vicki Hunt, a former city council member of Peoria, will be sharing these amazing stories with us. After serving on the Peoria City Council for sixteen years and retiring in January, Vicki is excited to be a part of WHAM's premier showing of the first three stories in our Oral History Series. Our aim is to inspire and entertain our viewers, and we can't wait for you to experience it!

The next set of three oral histories will be presented Oct. 18, in the Calderwood Room of the Peoria Community Center. 7-9 p.m. 

 

Presenters at this event will be Martha Varney Dennis, sharing her family’s homesteading adventure in the early 1900s on the Cactus and Greenwood properties that were later to be named Varney Tract.

 

Other speakers will include Manuel and Jan Delgado who grew up in Varney and have made their lives in Peoria. 

 

The third story will be told by Elmer Cobos, one of eight children with deep roots growing up in Peoria. 


Below is the link to the Peoria Independent Newspaper article written by Vicki Hunt.

The Premier showing of Story Bridges: Oral Histories of Peoria was a huge success—60 guests in attendance—so we’ve reserved a larger room at the Community Center for our 2nd showing.  I sincerely hope each of you will be able to come and experience personally what a taste there exists in Peoria for preserving its history by telling the stories of those who lived it.  Vicki

Join us for an unforgettable journey through time and space with This second of many in the Oral History Series. As a literary art form, the spoken word has the power to transport us to places we've never been and to help us understand the world around us. With our upcoming project, we aim to capture the future histories of surrounding cities in an engaging and thought-provoking way.

Step into the past and immerse yourself in the rich history of Peoria, Arizona with our Oral History stories. These tales offer first-hand accounts from individuals who lived and worked in the area, providing unique insights into the development of our city. Click the button below to begin your journey into the past and view 3 video stories from our first in the series.
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