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May 21, 2022

Watsonville in the Heart to launch digital archive

SANTA CRUZ—This Saturday, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History will host a special launch event for Watsonville is in the Heart’s digital history archive.

The new archive features oral history recordings, original documents and family artifacts that capture the rich history of Filipino life and labor in California’s Pajaro Valley.

Learn more about the UCSC Watsonville is in the Heart research initiative and its partnership with The Tobera Project, and share in conversation with Watsonville community members working to uplift stories of the Manong generation, the first wave of Filipino workers to arrive in the United States at the start of the 20th century.

The digital archive launch will include a Talk Story panel, “Women of the Pajaro Valley,” to highlight three community members at the forefront of this memory-preservation work: Juanita Sulay Wilson, Eva Alminiana Monroe, and Antoinette DeOcampo Lechtenberg.

The event will be held at the MAH, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz from 7-9pm. To register visit


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