Rancho Cucamonga Stories

The Rancho Cucamonga Oral History Program is part of an ongoing effort by the City to document the history of the various communities that make up this city. This information is publicly accessible to residents interested in local history and to assist local planning agencies in identifying significant historical resources. It was first initiated in 1991 with an objective to examine the citrus areas and the viticulture heritage. As funds became available, the Oral History Program was updated in 1994 and in 2001. The program consists of an Oral History Respondent List of potential people to interview. They were contacted and interviewed with different consultants taking on the project such as Knox Mellon and Associates, Enid Douglass, and McBane and Associates. Through the years, many interviews have been conducted and transcribed into recorded documentation.

Similar to the Oral History Program, the Digital Storytelling Project is an innovative approach to capturing stories. Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the California State Libraryin 2010, this project captures short stories (3-8 minutes) of an event, person, place, or family. Using cutting edge technology and multiple media sources such as video, photos, existing video clips etc, this makes each digital story unique and brings to life the rich history that make Rancho Cucamonga the special place that it is.

oral history photos