The project received great media coverage, both locally and from Wasatch Front newspapers. Although much of this coverage was positive, blogs associated with several articles included vitriolic posts which confirmed to us that our efforts to preserve and present the life experiences of Cache Valley Latinos was and is vital. We carried this mission forward by holding public presentations.

Latino Voice Project Symposium

USU Oral History Training Workshops: Presbyterian Church

In October 2007, Méndez and Williams presented the project at the Cache Community Connections’ Tabernacle and Lecture Series at the Logan LDS Tabernacle. Approximately 50 people attended, where a question and answer session led to a particularly interesting discussion. Following the presentation several individuals shared with us their interest in oral history work for their community/group, including Providence City, the Logan Presbyterian Church and the Cache Community Connection organization. These contacts have since enabled Williams to hold oral history presentations or workshops for each of these groups. All of these groups have conducted and completed oral history projects for their organizations; and the Cache Valley Presbyterian Church (FOLK COLL 44) and Cache Community Connections (FOLK COLL 47) have deposited their oral history projects in USU Libraries’ SCA.

Latino Voice Project Symposium

Symposium in September 2008

In an effort to analyze the LVP project Méndez and Williams organized a symposium and in September 2008 invited all the LVP interviewees, interviewers, advisory board members and some community members. Twenty participants, ranging in age from seventeen to seventy attended. Participants were asked to read selections from the LVP oral histories prior to the symposium to guide discussion. While preparing the readings, Williams, R. Méndez notes four major themes in the “voices” of the participants: social/political, family, work, and community. USU scholars, participants of the projects, were asked to moderate each theme group. From the vibrant discussions at the symposium, Williams, Méndez, M. Spicer-Escalante, Eduardo Ortiz and JP Spicer-Escalante prepared short essays about the project and themes. At present, Ortiz, M. Spicer-Escalante and Williams are working on Latino/a Voices II, an effort to enhance the LVP by adding youth perspectives to the collection by collaborating with students in Mountain Crest High School’s Latino Discovery.