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Kern Community College District (Bakersfield, CA 93301-4014)
Oliver Arthur Rosales (Project Director: May 2016 to April 2022)
Digital Delano: Preserving an International Community's History

The planning and implementation of four public events to include digitization of community collections and outreach programs to raise awareness of the history of agriculture in Delano County, California. The Kern Community College’s Bakersfield College Delano Campus Library would collaborate with local cultural heritage organizations, including the Filipino American National Historical Society, the Friends of Allensworth Committee, and the Delano Historical Society. Each event would help preserve and facilitate a deeper understanding of the community’s Filipino, African American, Mexican, and European immigrant past, while raising awareness of the community’s rich history of labor organizing and agricultural development.

"Digital Delano: Preserving An International Community's History," enacts a series of digital archival recruitment events led by the Bakersfield College Delano Campus Library (BCDCL).  A new addition to the BC satellite campus, the BCDLC will work with local organizations to expand the digitization of cultural heritage materials related to Delano's diverse international migration history.  Our partner organizations represent connections to important local and diverse community constituents for recruitment of historical artifacts and ephemera.  These organizations include the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS); Friends of Allensworth Committee; and Delano Historical Society.  Each organization will assist facilitating digitization campaigns to preserve the community's Filipino, African American, Mexican, and European immigrant past, in turn, advancing understanding of this California agricultural community's common heritage regarding its international migration past.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Immigration History; Labor History

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

$12,000 (approved)
$12,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018