This Spring Term the OMA was incredibly excited to work with the class Ethnic Studies 553: Ethnohistory Methodology taught by Professor Natchee Barnd. The students used archival resources both in the OMA and the Benton County Historical Society to showcase the histories of the Corvallis area’s traditionally marginalized groups including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. The class researched and wrote the stories and complied them into a fantastic downtown walking tour. And, with the assistance of the OSU Libraries, there is now a Tour Web App as well!
The class consisted of four students who each researched and wrote about a different Corvallis area story:
Together the students complied a set of 16 stories and chose locations of significance around the Corvallis downtown area to highlight the histories based on 5 themes ~ resilience, community, visibility, home, and mobility:
The June 4th Tour!
At the end of the term, the class invited a group of OSU community members to take part in a student led tour and the OMA was there (check out the photos below).
And, the tour was featured in the Gazette-Times; check out the article “Giving Due to the Marginalized” by Canda Funqua with photos by Andy Cripe.
Also, if you are interested in more OSU stories regarding people of color, check out the campus tour guidebook Untold Stories: Histories of Students of Color at OSU