It was Thomas Savage who interviewed Doña Eulalia on December 10, 1877. I share this today since December 11, 1877 is the date he includes when he committed her recuerdos (memories) to paper.
|Image based on photo of Doña Eulalia lent me by Victoria Duarte de Cordova|
As I was getting ready for this post I began to experiment with her image and different filters. The more I fiddled the more I wondered about the filters that existed when Mr. Savage interviewed Doña Eulalia. In an oral history the questions you pose can set the trajectory of the interview. The attitude and knowledge you have set the questions.
How much deeper might the interview be if one really has no idea of the response but has an understanding of the situation? How much can we learn from the past if we hear it through the voices who lived it? What sort of filters do we need to be mindful of as they share their past? What questions were left unasked because she tired?
If you’d like to learn more about Dona Eulalia and formulate your own questions, you can pick up –
Three Memoirs of Mexican California by Carlos N. Hijar, Eulalia Perez, Agustin Escobar translated by Vivian C. Fisher, The Friends of the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley, 1988
or go the net and enter her name, keeping in mind the author’s filters
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