Oral History

Redlands Oral History Project

Visions & Versions: Living Lives in the East Valley is a historical journey through California’s East San Bernardino Valley as told through photos, documents, and words of participants in the Redlands Oral History Project (ROHP). The project was established in 1994 to record life stories and perspectives from area residents of Mexican ancestry. Efforts began in 1997 to obtain, preserve, and present artifacts relating to historic Mexican communities in the region and to raise public awareness through presentations of this vital and living history.

ROHP is committed to developing community archives and cultural initiatives and to producing informational programs for the general public. Many who come to Southern California know of its mythic and commercial past, but little about the people who’s lives and work shape our communities and us as individuals. A major agricultural production area and transportation hub, the San Bernardino valley drew people from all over the region and the world seeking different lives and new visions.