The Latino community in Yamhill County has a rich and diverse history and has contributed greatly to the county’s identity. Nuestras Voces y Herencia is a project dedicated to gathering and preserving the life stories of Yamhill County’s Latino community. The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition and the Yamhill County Historical Society & Museum are partnering with the OMA to share the stories gathered. The project is in its early stages – brainstorming ideas and spreading the word.
On September 25th, the organization Unidos Bridging Community hosted the event “Celebrating Our Heritage: Yamhill County Embraces Latino and Anglo Histories” the OMA was there to show support and record the evening’s wonderful speakers! The fully bilingual event began with Miriam Corona and Sally Godard of Unidos introducing the organization’s mission and services as well as its positive impact on the community, and they then invited four community members to share their family histories: Bob Applegate, Elva Salinas, Ramsey McPhillips, and Guadalupe Villaseñor (with translators Maria Sandoval and Valentin Sanchez).