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Center for Oral and Public History Presents Stories of Fire Survivors June 12


Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History presents “Gone Through Fire: Modjeska and Silverado Canyons and the 2007 Santiago Fire” at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. First-hand accounts from fire survivors and a firefighter, as well as an exhibit, will be featured.


Saturday, June 12 4-6 p.m.


Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
29322 Modjeska Canyon Road
Modjeska Canyon, 92676-9801


The Tucker Wildlife oral history project on the Santiago Fire, produced by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History, features survivor oral histories conducted by Volker Janssen, assistant professor of history. Janssen, some of his interview subjects and Natalie M. Fousekis, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Oral and Public History, will speak about the project and its importance. The narrators will discuss how the fires changed their political perspectives, sense of community, connection to the landscape they call home and relationship to their neighbor, the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.


“Oral histories contribute to the vast historical record and rich collective memory of Orange County,” Fousekis said. “They also engage the communities in which we live in conversations about important events and memories. The narrators will discuss what it meant to tell their stories and to have their memories of the fire recorded.”


Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Contact Maria Figueroa by June 4 at 657-278-8475 or to reserve a seat.


Media Contacts:
Natalie Fousekis, History, 657-278-2763 or
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or