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Through Our Parents' Eyes: History & Culture of Southern Arizona is a collaborative endeavor between the University of Arizona and the greater Tucson and Southern Arizona community.

Initiated in the mid-1990s, Through Our Parents' Eyes focuses on bringing forward resources of interest to school students in the middle and high school grades, college undergraduates, researchers dispersed across the Internet and all persons interested in this unique region.

We are privileged to have the participation of prominent community members. Esther Don Tang has shared family photographs and contributed much of the content on the Chinese experience around Southern Arizona going back to the 19th century. Renowned folklorist, historian, anthropologist and musicologist Dr. James S. Griffith has provided slides from his extensive collection and text contained in several exhibits. Researcher Edward Soza contributed several of his works detailingl the experience of Mexican-American homesteaders in the region. The late Roy S. Drachman Sr. gave his permission to create a digital version of his book that recalls much of his life in 20th century Tucson.

Throughout these websites are stories and histories that offer the reader a portal to life in Southern Arizona over the past 150 years. For example, Eulalia "Sister" Bourne's Little Cowpuncher is an accurate portrayal of ranch school life in the 1930s and 40s. Old Pascua Photos captures life in the Old Pascua village in the late 1930s. The Trek of the Seven Sisters tells the story of the Seven Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet who, in 1870, made the harsh trek across the desert from San Diego to Tucson to found St. Mary's Hospital, Arizona's first hospital. Whether original artifacts from area museums, libraries and archives, or items from personal collections, Through Our Parents' Eyes is a rich resource.

Community members are invited to contact us about telling their family's story. One of our best community contributions is The Barrio Anita Neighborhood. Teachers are welcome to take advantage of the curriculum modules available within the site and to contribute new modules.

The interface you see now was created by Casey Ontiveras of the UA's Learning Technologies Center where the websites are now hosted after residing at the UA Library since the project's inception. Updating older sites is big job but we plan to revise the look of many as time and resources permit.

During Spring Semester 2005, the Learning Technologies Center began the first phase of an internal translation system to provide multicultural instructional materials. The LTC Translation interns are Lydia Noriega, LRC Ph.D. candidate, and Brandon Brewer, Media Arts and Spanish and Portuguese BA candidate. Their assignment has been to translate into Spanish sections of Through Our Parents' Eyes. The first two websites that were completed in May are La Cadena Que No Se Corta: The Unbroken Chain The Traditional Arts of Tucson's Mexican American Community En Espanol and Southern Arizona Folk Arts
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Stuart Glogoff
Through Our Parents' Eyes Project Director
rev Dec. 2011