The Watsonville is in the Heart digital archive preserves and uplifts the stories of the “manong” generation (Ilokano/Tagalog for "older brother"), the first wave of Filipino migrant farmworkers to arrive in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Focused on the pioneering families of Watsonville and the greater Pajaro Valley, the archive enshrines the manong, the women who married the manong, and their descendents’ memories of migration, labor, leisure, and community formation. The digital archive includes oral histories, family photographs, family heirlooms, letters and correspondences, and newspaper clippings. MORE
Contribute to the Archive
We are always looking for new stories and materials that represent the diverse and under-documented Filipino communities of the Pajaro Valley. If you are interested in participating in an oral history interview or if you would like to see your family collection represented in our digital archive, please fill out this survey or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to digitize or record your history. For more information on what this process entails, please see our Objectives, Values, and Process. In addition, for concerns about copyright and ownership, please see our Copyright Policy.
The Watsonville is in the Heart digital archive aims to:
Amplify vital but often overlooked histories of Filipinos in the Pajaro Valley
Utilize community-based archiving and historical documentation methods that align with ethnic studies, decolonial, and public history approaches
Increase accessibility for diverse public audiences including local community members, primary and secondary students, educators, researchers, and scholars
Highlight visual sources, material culture, and oral accounts that expand our knowledge of manong history along California’s Central Coast
For general inquiries and to contact the digital archive project directors, email us at email@example.com.
Studio Photograph of the Sales Family
A studio photograph of the first half of the family. There are ten children total in the Sales family but only six are in this photograph. Pictured…
A Family Photograph of the Isidros (2)
Starting from the left are David, Dean, Felix and Robert Isidro. Dean, David’s baby son, is being held by Felix Isidro. The photograph was taken at…
A black and white photograph of Hazel Bickel and Bob Mariano’s on their first date. They are standing in front of a car with Buddy the dog, Bobby…
Lopez Family Collection
Arsenio “Archie” Soblechero Lopez was born on December 16, 1905 in Villasis, Pangasinan, Philippines. Archie migrated to the United States in 1929. He…
“Wherever I am I’ll remember you yet” : Nurturing Transnational Kinship through Photographs and Letters
The eight objects in this exhibition come from the Bosque, DeOcampo, Millares, Florendo, and the Irao-de los Reyes and Ibao...