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Ventura College Oral History Symposium: Our Collective Memory

November 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A black and white image of the Ventura mission, showing the skyline and surrounded adobe structures

Join Ventura College & the Ventura College Foundation as student historians, faculty, and special Guest Speakers present an oral history of our beautiful and fascinating county. Take a walk down memory lane, learn about culture, politics, development of the land, our agriculture & people.

Wednesday November 15th in ASC- 150 (Applied Science Center) from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Student Presentations – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Discussion with artists-teachers Donna Granata and Hiroko Yoshimoto, Artist Teacher – 2:00 – 4:00pm


Thursday, November 16th in ASC 150 (Applied Science Center) from 1:00-4:00pm

Student Presentations – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Glenda Jackson, Author, Historian, & Ephermemra Collection on display

Faculty Moderators:  Dr. Michael Ward and Professor Colleen Coffey

Afternoon Guest Speakers and Presentations: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Introduction by

  • Scott Corbett—“Memory, Imagination, and History,” Japanese and Asian American experiences in Ventura County during the Interwar years
  • John McNally and Howard Bufford—-Ventura’s Veteran of the battle of Bastogne
  • Kat Lisowska—“The 1969 Flood and the Destruction of the Ventura Marina”
  • Lauren Coyne–“Ventura County and the 1969 Flood Revisited.”
  • Glenda Jackson, Author, Historian, & Ephermemra Collection on display
  • Moderator:

Reception – Hallway  ASC 150 5:00-6:00pm

Evening Panel – 6:00 – 8:00pm ASC 150

Presentations and Discussions: “The History of Ventura, Its Culture, Politics, and Development”

Moderator:  Dr. Michael Ward and Professor Colleen Coffey

  • Introductions by Michael Ward


  • Betsy Blanchard Chess author “Daughter of the Land”
  • Al Guilin- “Limoneira”
  • Gwen Alferes- “The History of Foster Park”
  • Susie Arellanes-Willeford- Cabrillo Village: A History of El Campo”  focusing on the lives of Ventura County’s Immigrant Agricultural Workers in the Twentieth Century.


Saturday, November 18th in ASC-150 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Student presentations and Speakers

  • Glenda Jackson – “Over a Century of Memories:  Photographs, Memorabilia, and Ephemera of Ventura County”
  • Kat Lisowska – “Russia in Ventura County:  Holy Trinity—El Rio’s Hidden Gem”
  • Glenda Jackson, Author, Historian, & Ephermemra Collection on display
  • Others

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Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura, 93003 United States
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