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2014 Summer Linfield Magazine

Summer 2014 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 1 “ Making the wine is the obvious part, but there are many other aspects to the wine industry. It’s wonderful to have graduates with hands-on exposure to the wine industry – that’s great for the students and great for the industry.” – Maria Stuart owner of R. Stuart Winery & Co. Recording history Linfield is partnering with the Oregon wine industry in other ways. The Oregon Wine History Archive, launched in 2011, collects and preserves papers and historical materials relating to the wine industry throughout the state (see Linfield Magazine, Winter 2013). Several public exhibits have been mounted, including “Bringing Vines to the Valley,” a history of the IPNC, and “Women in Wine.” The latest, “Latinos and Latinas in the Oregon Wine Industry,” explored the role of migrant workers in shaping the Oregon wine business. Sharon Bailey Glasco, associate professor of history; Linfield Archivist Rachael Woody; and Julian Adoff ’16 and Lydia Heins ’14, developed the exhibit that was displayed at the International Pinot Noir Festival at Linfield last July. The group collected oral histories from a mix of men and women who have been involved in the wine industry, capturing the stories of how people migrated to Oregon, what propelled them to come, how they got involved in the vineyards, and the nature of the work. In some cases, the interviews included the second generation of individuals who have moved beyond the vineyards to take on other roles such as winemakers and vineyard managers. The project has been useful in Glasco’s courses. Her classes on the history of Mexican migrants into the U.S. and an advanced course on U.S.-Mexico borderlands have benefited from the research by allowing Glasco to bring in local case studies to illustrate the material. “As a historian, I think students need to realize that there is history all around them and local history can be really interesting,” Glasco said. “We teach classes about the big historical events and big historical people. I try to get them to look at their surroundings to see if there is something local that they would like to learn more about. The benefit of this project is really delving into local history and taking my students along with me.” Glasco said this project represents the initial stages of emerging research on Latinos in the Oregon wine industry specifically, and more broadly on Mexican migrant labor in the Willamette Valley and Pacific Northwest. Adoff and Heins’ work included videotaping interviews, transcribing tapes and editing them into short video segments for the exhibit. As a result of the experience, Heins secured an internship with The Pacific Coast Immigration Museum, an online museum that has accepted an article she submitted about Latinos in the Oregon wine industry for publication. She plans to attend graduate school in museum studies. Adoff has undergone a seminal change, switching his major to studio art beginning in the fall to pursue his interest in graphic design. “Making the wine is the obvious part,” she said, “but there are many other aspects to the wine industry. It’s wonderful to have graduates with hands-on exposure to the wine industry – that’s great for the students and great for the industry.” Stuart said Linfield students are well educated in the most valuable ways for an employer. “They can think on their feet, they can write and speak clearly and they are creative,” she said. “I can teach them about wine, hospitality and marketing, but having those fundamentals is half the game.” The second year of this two-year pilot project funded by the James S. Kemper Foundation begins this summer. Ten students – with majors ranging from music and chemistry, to business, English and philosophy – will spend 12 months in the vineyards and in classes, giving credence to the claim that one can do almost anything with a liberal arts degree, whatever the industry or enterprise. The college is exploring ways to continue the OWIE in subsequent years. – Mardi Mileham Sharon Bailey Glasco


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