From The Director
“From participating in interviews, to engaging with the collection, to attending SPOHP’s events, the public is the lifeforce behind SPOHP’s past, present, and future.” -Dr. Paul Ortiz
Welcome to SPOHP’s 2019 fall newsletter! Our mission is to gather, preserve, and promote living histories of individuals from all walks of life.
Connecting classroom with community, using history to inform civic engagement, and putting students in dialogue with elders are among SPOHP’s greatest strengths. Our founder, Dr. Samuel Proctor, first established these traditions of experiential learning which Professor Julian Pleasants, Sam’s successor, carried forward.
Today, we support oral history dissertation research in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and other parts of the world. We are offering courses at UF and we are working collaboratively with educational experts to make narratives of World War II veterans, Puerto Rican workers and Holocaust survivors accessible to K-12 students in classrooms across the country.
The Proctor Program just completed our 12th annual Mississippi Freedom Project field trip to the Mississippi Delta. This summer, residents of Phillips County, Arkansas invited us to travel “across the Big River” to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Massacre. Our students interviewed descendants of the victims of the worst anti-black pogrom in American history with an eye towards building historical truth and reconciliation in our own time.
Your support makes all of this possible. I hope that you will join me in helping us celebrate the work of our students, staff and volunteers by making a tax-deductible donation to help sustain the work of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.
Paul Ortiz, Director
Thanks to our donors, this year has been amazing!
50 Years of Collaboration
One Community, Many Voices