East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse and Columbia University

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in El Monte and South El Monte is a collaborative archive project that seeks to build a reciprocal relationship among academics and community members and transform how underrepresented communities enter the historical record and think about their own history.

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Oral History with Lily Laredo

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Summary: Lily Laredo has lived her entire life in El Monte. Daughter of Vincent and Concha Rojas, she grew up in Hicks camp in the 1940’s and…

Oral History with Lilian Rey

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Raised in La Puente California, Lilian Rey has lived in El Monte for several decades. She recounts the history of the city and raising her family…

Oral History of the Ramos Family

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The Ramos family arrived in El Monte’s Medina Court in the early 20th century. The family patriarch, Nicolas Cervantes built a successful walnut…

Oral history with Chief Ernie

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Chief Ernie tells the story of how his family, living in San Gabriel at the time, preserved a Japanese-American business, the San Gabriel Nursery,…

Oral History with Eulalia Ramos

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Summary: Eulalia Ramos grew up in Medina Court. After her parents eloped they settled in El Monte, in Medina Court just behind Lady of Guadalupe…

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