Memories of Migration: Telling our Stories & Connecting our Journeys

On exhibition May 1, 2017 - August 25, 2017, in the 2nd Floor Terrace of the Pollak Library.


The project chronicles the migration stories of migrants in the Orange County area. While primarily focusing on Latino history in and around Orange County, the project has collected hundreds of migration stories from individuals from all walks of life to demonstrate that migration is a universal part of the human condition. The exhibit is a collection of various media from artists throughout the country exploring the theme of migration through their own interpretation.

We encourage you to Tweet about the exhibit using the project hashtag  #memoriesofmigration .


David Lopez and Saidy Valdez are both librarians of Santa Ana Public Library. Working alongside Lopez and Valdez is Brenda Ramirez, who is a librarian at Placentia Public Library. Additionally,Barbara Miller,who is the CRC Librarian at CSUF's Pollak Library and Irma Morales, who is Library Manager at Orange Public Library.


The exhibit features artwork by: Armando Cepeda, Jackie Cordova, Armando Cortes, Beatriz del Olmo-Fiddelman, Victoria Delgadillo, Juan M. Gomez, Cristina Hernandez, Humberto Montano, Jr., Alberto Romero, and student art from C.E. Utt Middle School Library Club.

Related Events

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 2017 (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) in the 2nd Floor West Terrace.
  • Conference: Friday, August 11, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) in PLN 130.


Memories of Migration is a three-year, library-based community memory program funded by the Federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to build community connections and cultural heritage collections through documenting the stories of migration in America. This project seeks to collect oral histories in order to record and preserve the lives, experiences, and memories of community members in their own words. Documenting personal narratives is a method by which daily experiences and cultural heritage that would otherwise have been lost are preserved for future generations. (source: City of Santa Ana)

Learn More About the Project


Sponsored by the Pollak Library, the Orange County Chapter of Reforma, the Santa Ana Public Library, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Exhibit Location

On exhibition July 8, 2017 - August 31, 2017, in the 2nd Floor Terrace of the Pollak Library.