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Resources to help you create classroom activities from A People’s Guide to Orange County
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Designed into a handout by Lisa McAlister from the California Global Education Project, you can use this map to lead your own walking tour of the Santa Ana, Anaheim and Placentia neighborhoods, or it could be interesting to ask your students to create their own tours of neighborhoods important to them.

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Davis Vo, Samuel Stern, and Jorge Cruz, three UCLA grad students in Professor Genevieve Carpio’s class made this useful google map from the textbook with a lot of possibilities for teaching. 

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Introduce your students to these sources or walk around murals in your area, and then ask students to propose new murals, re-envisioning the history of our shared space. 

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Based on the book ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege and a 2017 exhibition at the Getty Museum, this website features many murals of our region and could inspire students to create their own.

The authors of A People’s Guide to Orange County share a series of surprising stories that reveal the complexity of Orange County's histories with KCET who created an interactive map centered on the themes of land rights, cold war legacies, and political contradictions with images linked to the map that make it teachable.

Gerry Cadava recently wrote a fascinating article about William Camargo’s photo series highlighting overlooked histories in Anaheim. Ask students to use A People’s Guide to Orange County and their own research to create photos inspired by Camargo in their own neighborhoods.

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A collection of some of the zines that SAUSD and CSUF students made last year around A People's Guide to Orange County.  If you're interested in creating a zine project one of the authors has more information to share. Email

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A People's Guide to Orange County has been sharing snippets from their research on their social media.  It could be an interesting assignment to ask students to create an "On this day in OC history" post or other social media post. If your students create posts you’d like one of the authors to consider sharing, email – or perhaps your school has its own social media site that could share, too.

Local Archives to help you & your students research your own people’s guides to Orange County
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OC Stories

Short teachable videos, diverse photos, and archival documents of OC Stories at the

OC Public Library


Digital Collections

Calisphere is your gateway to digital collections from California's great libraries, archives, and museums. 

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OC Archives in Action

Directory of cultural heritage organizations in Orange County.

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Digital Newspaper Collection

Online California Digital Newspaper Collection, including many local papers.

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OC Regional History 

Orange County Regional History Collection at UCI documents the cultural, social, political, religious, economic, racial, and environmental history of OC.

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CSUF Archives 

University Archives and Special Collections at CSUF. Find Special Collections books, articles, media and more.

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CSUF Oral and Public History

The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History. COPH collects and preserves the stories of distinctive individuals and diverse communities

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"Shades of L.A."

“Shades of L.A.: A Search for Visual Ethnic History” photo and oral history collection at Los Angeles Public Library. 

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LAPL Research Guides

Los Angeles Public Library research guides to popular topics are produced by the Central Library to acquaint library users with available subjects.


A People's Guide to Orange County Textbook cover and website link
Heritage Museum of Orange County logo and website link
Educate to Empower logo and website link
Groundswell logo and website link
UCI Libraries logo and website link
UCI Teacher Academy logo and website link
UCI History Project logo and website link
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