Oral History Project: Martina Herrera

oral history project martina herrera


This interview is the first of many videos to come. I hope you enjoy them! I want to thank the interviewees and my daughter for her editing skills. If you would like to be interviewed, contact me at library@ruthmini.com. You don’t have to be related to us.

Every story is important and we want to share all of them.

Now on to my experience filming this with my daughter. At the time of this interview, my daughter was taking a Latinx Literature class, and one of her projects was to record an oral history interview. She chose my mom, Martina Herrera, and I was so happy that she did.

She’s had a very interesting life that she hardly mentions.

I want everyone to know about the impact she made for her family and women in the Hispanic community in the 1970s. She never let not having a formal education stand in her way. She has always been adamant about wanting her grandchildren to follow their dreams.

I’ve always wanted to interview her about her life and her activist days, but I never was able to find the time to do it. I was glad that my daughter did this for my mom because it’s one of my favorite interviews. The answers she gives makes me want to cry sometimes, but it makes me so happy knowing that future generations will get to watch this video as well. They are the whole reason we kept this going after her school project. The assignment made a lasting impression on both of us.

Tell us about a time you recorded an interview, or if this post inspired you to do so, in the comments.

If you would like to set up an interview, please email library@ruthmini.com.

Check out our other oral history videos: The Oral History of Ross Medina II

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Author: rosiemini

I'm a mom of two who loves family history and Sammy Hagar.

1 thought on “Oral History Project: Martina Herrera

  1. I was very emotionally touched by this beautiful Martina Herrera video. Well thought out questions and heartfelt answers. Thank you for sharing your history.

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