Rosie the Riveter

Naomi Parker in March 1942 courtesy of the Bettmann Archive

Naomi Parker was the real-life inspiration for the iconic “We Can Do It!” War Production Coordinating Committee poster. It was created in 1942 by J. Howard Miller. She’ll forever be in our hearts.

You can read more about this symbol of female patriotism on the National Museum of American History website. Listen to more riveter stories via CSULB’s The Rosie the Riveter Collection: World War II Era which, “provides a firsthand account of American women’s experiences as defense workers during WWII.” Director Sherna Berger Gluck created this collection of more than forty women’s wartime and post-war societal contributions.



Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano

We enjoyed the Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano presentation that shared Acjachemen (Juaneño) Native American rituals and daily songs. The @california_humanities and @ocpubliclibraries partnered together for this program. OC Library featured the Acjachemen Community Stories project.
#SanJuanCapistrano #CA #Acjachemen #Juaneno #NativeAmerican #songs #mission #stories


This Day in History

King George VI with his daughter Elizabeth, the future Queen of England, at work in an office at Buckingham Palace. This royal family’s journey started this day in history when George’s brother, Edward VIII, was the first monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne in 1936. Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch as she began her reign on February 6th, 1952. We enjoy watching modern portrayals of this royal family in The King’s Speech and The Crown.
#king #GeorgeVI #queen #ElizabethII #monarch #royal #England #British #reign #throne #TheCrown #thisdayinhistory


UC, Irvine

Today Jennifer shared about Chisme Chick’s services at the University of California, Irvine Applied Innovation. We are working as a community to preserve history with technology. 

#UCI #entrepreneur #1millioncups #technology #innovation #zotzotzot #anteater #Irvine #CA #history


Old Town Scottsdale 

Old Town Scottsdale offers a variety of local entertainment, specializing in galleries and museums. It’s nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town.” Here is a statue of the city’s founders, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, who moved to Arizona with a vision to grow citrus in the 1880s. Visit for more information. ???? #Scottsdale #AZ #Arizona #museum #founder #history #west #citrus


SOHA 2017 Conference 

We presented at the 2017 Southwest Oral History Association Conference in Tempe, AZ. Our session “Digital Oral History Methodology” gave us an opportunity to conduct a mini-workshop with this wonderful community of historians. 

#SOHA2017 #oralhistory #workshop #digital #Tempe #AZ


International Women’s History Day

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.” —Amelia Earhart

#WomensHistoryMonth #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistory #history #inspire #tenacity #quote #quoteoftheday #AmeliaEarhart #pilot


Anne Frank Bookmarks


It’s Day 3 of Banned Books Week. Today we’ve chosen Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. We’re giving away two handmade bookmarks. In order for a chance to win, follow us on a platform and tell us what your favorite non-fiction book is by midnight tonight (pacific time). You can be an existing follower to win. Please go to for more info about the contest rules. We will message the winner daily.


Irvine Global Festival

We are celebrating international culture at the Irvine Global Festival. We love our hieroglyphic bookmarks and delicious crêpes.? 


Live Long and Prosper


“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” – Spock

Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Leonard Nimoy developed the concept of the “Live long and prosper” hand gesture for the Vulcan people based on his personal cultural/religious experience. You can learn more about his story by visiting @Yiddish_Book_Center ‘s website to view his oral history.


The Old Man and the Sea



“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway, was first published in LIFE Magazine on September 1st, 1952. When you visit Austin, Texas, be sure to visit BookPeople, an amazing independent bookstore. They sell a cup of coffee named after Hemingway which is fashioned after his rhetoric since the brew is bold.


Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! “’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” – Francis Scott Key


Oral History 

Another day of preserving memories with an oral history. We are fortunate to meet people who are willing to share their life story with us. These are our interview essentials. See to learn more! #nikon #recorder #katespade #issacmizrahi




Happy Thanksgiving from Chisme Chick! Don’t you love this adorable 1941 cover from The Saturday Evening Post? We hope you have a memorable day with loved ones.


Flashback Friday


This U.S. Navy WWI recruitment poster illustrated the personification of freedom. She is manifested in the form of Lady Liberty.


HRH Queen Elizabeth


Congratulations to the longest reigning #British #monarch, HRH Queen Elizabeth II! Thank you for a lifetime of service to God and country. You’re amazing! 👑💕


1950s Soda Fountain

soda fountain

The #1950s soda fountain was a common #date destination for young couples. They created a new dating practice as unchaperoned individuals and went “steady.” These sweet encounters developed into lifelong relationships. As newlyweds during the Cold War culture, they created the baby boom culture.



realbombgirls, circa 1943

The term bombshell is a fitting word for the women of the WWII era. It refers to the explosive effects that women had on the viewer based on one’s beauty. It also connects to their war jobs at munition factories. They produced militaryequipment at top speeds. Factories became a source of liberation for young women who ventured out into the world. According to the National Women’s History Museum “wages in munitions plants and aircraft factories averaged more than those for traditional female jobs. Women abandoned traditional jobs, particularly domestic service, to work in war production plants offering 40 percent higher wages. Women who entered war production were primarily working-class wives, widows, divorcees, and students who needed the money.”[1] In women’s new liberated life, they learned a manufacturing craft and aided the Ally cause.

These new gatherings tested the former social limits for male and female relations. Louise Johnson, who worked at Defense Industries Limited in Ajax, Ontario, she met her future husband during her shift. When they finished their shifts, young adults would often gather in the dancing halls to relax and celebrate their daily success of living and trying to sustain other lives abroad. In these night scenes, big band music would create a sensational environment in which to jive and demonstrate other skills such as flirting. These relationships would later be the foundation of the new generation of Baby Boomers who solidified their unions in marriage. The years of rationing and waiting would cause an economic surge in the post-war years. Consumption levels would boom since an incredible amount of new households were created which needed all the basics such as appliances, furniture, and other décor. But in this realm, women would be requested as their civic duty to return home and serve their family. America desired a “return to normalcy” in the post-war years.