Latinos and Latinas in the Oregon Wine Industry
History Professor Sharon Bailey Glasco's and Linfield Archivist Rachael Woody's project grows out of the past four summers’ research into the beginning of the Oregon wine industry and the history of the IPNC. This year the Linfield Center of the Northwest has partnered with the Archives to explore the role Latinos and Latinas have played in shaping the Oregon wine industry’s history. This collaboration and current student research has generated community interested, resulting in a grant from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition to help fund a portion of student stipends to begin work on the exhibit this spring.
For History Professor Sharon Bailey Glasco, this project represents the initial stages of an emerging research agenda on Latinos/Latinas in the Oregon wine industry specifically, and on Mexican migrant labor in the Willamette Valley/Pacific Northwest more broadly. While there is a rich historiography on Mexican migrant labor in the West, it is more focused on the migrant experience in California and Texas.
Benefit to Linfield Students
For Linfield students Julian Adoff and Lydia Heins, participation in this project will introduce them to valuable skills of conducting primary research, the collection of oral interviews, construction of public history displays, digitalization of primary documents, organization of archival materials, and public presentation skills. It will also add to a growing body of primary source materials that students from across campus and in various departments can use in classroom research projects and presentations.
Professor Glasco and Linfield Archivist Rachael Woody will assist and mentor the students in the assigned tasks to include: developing familiarity with existing primary source materials in the archival holdings; design of oral interview questions and the recording of scheduled interviews; process of transcribing interviews; determining appropriate content and design/presentation of IPNC exhibit; dissemination of findings and conclusions of summer work to the wider campus and local communities.
Through the posting of interviews and final products in DigitalCommons@Linfield and the traveling bi-lingual exhibition, resources and research from this project will be made available on a currently unprecedented level at Linfield and within the community.