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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-

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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.

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