This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
THE ART OF REGIONAL CHANGE


The history of the Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature


In the works for more than a year, ‘‘Restore/Restory: A People’s History of the Cache Creek Nature Pre-


serve’’ is the latest community-university project of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change, a joint initiative of the Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change. The multimedia storytelling project, which was unveiled in a community event at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve on October 20, 2012, brought together UC Davis students, faculty, and artists with members of the Cache Creek Conservancy as well as a cross-section of Yolo County residents (Native leaders, miners, farm- ers, environmental activists, and policymakers) in creat- ing a collaborative vision of the past. That public history, consisting of a story map, audio tours, digital murals, and a timeline of images, maps and historical docu- ments, is featured on an interactive web site: http://re- storerestory.org.


28 d h i . u c d a v i s . e d u


Preserve is rich, diverse, and reflective of the layered stories and landscapes across California. Today, the 130- acre site bordering Cache Creek outside Woodland is a rural idyll, a natural landscape brimming with native plants, birds, and animals, but that is also home to a con- tested past, perspectives the Restore/Restory project captures and records. “We have involved over 200 resi- dents in co-creating a public history that brings to life a mosaic of experiences with a place we have in com- mon. The Preserve is a tangible reminder of our past,” said Project Director jesikah maria ross. “While the preserve may not be known for a single historic event, witnessing its social and ecological history helps us un- derstand who we are and consider the lessons learned as we move forward as a community.” Over one hundred UC Davis students took part in the


project through five different classes: two in English, two in Technocultural and Cinema Studies, and one in Design. ross considers Restore/Restory a hands-on hu- manities project as well as a model for turning histories of conflicts into sites for collaboration. Apart from the Humanities Institute and Center for Regional Change, the Restore/Restory project has been supported by the UC Humanities Research Institute, the UC Institute for Research in the Arts, the Quitilpas Foundation, Tu- leyome, Capay Valley Vision, Putah Creek Council, and the Yolo County Historical Society.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42