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There are over 40 websites in Through Our Parents' Eyes with new websites being developed and added regularly . Some websites are only be several pages long while others contain hundreds of pages, images, and multimedia. This page provides an overview of the content. We are always looking for new content. If you would like to contribute to one of the best community-based websites in the US, visit the Contribute page.

Tucson's African American Heritage

Dunbar School Photo 1946Founded by homesteaders, cowboys, and soldiers, Tucson's African American community has a long and proud history that has contributed much to Tucson's rich heritage. In The Steps of Esteban documents the history of Tucson's African American community, sharing the stories, photographs and memories of some of its members. This is one of Through Our Parents' Eyes' largest websites and contains multimedia, digital text of histories and reports, and images of historic photos from area libaries and archives. In The Steps of Esteban was developed with much participation of two Tucson civic groups, the Dunbar Coalition and African American History Internship Project. more >

Southern Arizona's Chinese American Community

Esther Tang and sisters wearing sombreros

The Promise of Gold Mountain: Tucson's Chinese Heritage is a tribute to the contributions of Chinese immigrants to Tucson, Arizona, and our region. From the immigrant railroad workers of the late 1800's to the civic leaders of today, Chinese-Americans have consistently contributed their energy, talent and culture to enrich the Tucson community.
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View historical images from community members and the Arizona Historical Society's Buehman Collection. Read histories about the role of Chinese immigrants with the Southern Pacific Railroad, and in farming and building small businesses. Tucson's Chinatown, demolished in the 1960's prior to building the Convention Center, is featured in text and images. Watch the Tapestry of Tucson, a 45-minute video featuring the three generations from Tucson's Chinese American community speaking about their lives and their families expeirences in Tucson since the late 19th century.

Tucson's Mexican American Community

Zepeda Family entertain in AltarThe original Tucson presidio, founded on the northwestern extreme of the Spanish frontier, was a Mexican community before the influx of Anglo settlers in the early 1900s. This section of Through Our Parents' Eyes reflects the Mexican experience in this area by telling the history and sharing culture and traditions of our Mexican American community.

The Mexican American Community is Through Our Parents' Eyes largest sections. Read family histories contributed by community members: The Descendants of José Ignacio Moraga, looking into the westside: untold stories of the people 1900-1997, Don Antonio Zepeda, Arizona Pictorial Biography: Antonio Campa Soza 1845-1915, Pentland-Salcido Family: A Sonoran Family History, and Tucson's Ronstadt Family. more >

Jewish Pioneers of the U.S. Southwest

Carl Lowenberg, Jewish PioneerSouthwest Jewish Archives website presents several educational exhibits. Pioneers shares the pioneer Jewish experience in West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona through images from photos held in regional archives and museums, electronic texts of books, articles and newspaper accounts, and biographical information of selected pioneers. The Synagogues of the Southwest section reinforces that pioneer Jews placed a priority on maintaining their beliefs, values, and traditions amid the hazards of the nation's frontier. Crypto-Jews focuses on the Crypto-Jewish experience in the U. S. Southwest and is one of the most highly visited sections of the website. The Oral Histories secton features interviews with Tucson's New American community. more >

People and Places

Arizona Roadmap brochure coverTucson and Southern Arizona conveys a special sense of place that is reflected in its architecture, recreation areas, schools, and the land itself. This section of Through Our Parents' Eyes

Visit websites such as Architecture and Urbanism of the Southwest to read about the importance of adobe to the region's architecture over the centuries, Defining the Southwest, gathers multiple visions of what the Southwest entails, and Huellas del Pasado ... Footprints from the Past is an oral history project by students of the Davis bilingual magnet school collecting and preserving stories and personal histories among members of the local community. more >




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