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Exhibit Highlights Hard Times in the OC

May 13, 2013


The entrance to the installation in the section “California To Be Continued” showcases current events and issues. Photo: Ryan LeBlanc.

Cal State Fullerton’s Center of Oral and Public History has partnered with the Oakland Museum of California to present “Hard Times in the OC.”

Created by students of exhibit co-curator Benjamin Cawthra, associate professor of history and COPH associate director, it is a contemporary history exhibition that uses COPH oral history interviews, artifacts and photographs to examine how Southern Californians weathered the recession that peaked in 2008. Cawthra’s co-curator is Suzanne Fischer of Oakland Museum of California.

The exhibit opens May 18 and continues through April 14. The oral histories feature interviews with a laid off worker, a Disneyland annual pass holder, a theater director, a homeowner, a high school teacher, an education activist, a state park advocate and an unemployed college graduate.

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