Juana Briones Summer Workshop

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Jul 09, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Los Altos History Museum
51 So. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

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Juana Briones Summer Workshop

A free two-week (Mon-Fri), hands-on summer workshop on museum studies for students entering the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades throughout the Silicon Valley. High school students will have an opportunity to design displays, create artistic pieces to convey a historical theme or question, build an app, write and perform spoken word poetry, interview community bridge builders, or make a video or audio piece for exhibit. Each topic will be a “block” in understanding what goes into preparing an exhibition for a historical museum. Students will apply what they learn to create installation pieces for the bilingual exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: Doña de la Frontera”, on display October 18, 2018 through April 20, 2019.

The curriculum will include an introduction to historiography, connecting Juana Briones’ story to present-day social and political topics related to ethnic/racial identify, gender issues, religion, multiculturalism, social hierarchies, and traditional healing and midwifery across cultures.

Co-curators of the exhibition, Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea and Halimah Van Tuyl, will lead the workshop. In addition, guest presenters will include local historians specializing in California history: Dr. Albert Camarillo, Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, Dr. Bobby Vaughn, Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame de Namur, and Dr. Kyle Livie, Associate Professor of History at Ohlone College.

Application & Deadline for Submission

Download Workshop Application.

Please send completed applications by: May 15, 2018. Applications may be emailed as a PDF attachment to Curator Halimah Van Tuyl at hvantuyl@losaltoshistory.org or Curator Perlita Dicochea at pdicochea@losaltoshist ory.org. Alternatively, applications may be mailed to Los Altos History Museum, ATTN: Juana Briones Summer Workshop Application, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.


Dr. Perlita Dicochea is an Ethnic Studies scholar born and raised in San Jose. She brings to the exhibit team significant experience mentoring youth in the exercise of analyzing primary source documents and conducting original research. Her research and teaching has focused on the history of racial constructs in the U.S., social movements, Chicana/o Studies, environmental justice, and border water politics. Dicochea is delighted to join the team as Co-Curator for the exhibition of Juana Briones, a lesser-known Afro-Mestiza figure in early California history, because it is an opportunity to contribute to making history accessible and exciting. For her, the exhibition and related programming represent an important and creative initiative that builds bridges between the Museum and the broader diverse communities of Santa Clara County.

Halimah Van Tuyl was a teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District for 25 years. Her specialty is California history. She brings many years of experience in creating cross-age programs, guiding high school students to mentor younger students in drama, environmental science, civic engagement, and Spanish language conversations. She also developed writing, art, and museum engagement lessons for her students. Van Tuyl thinks high school students are the intergenerational partners needed to bring history alive and hopes this Summer Workshop becomes a model for how to bring students and academics together for mutual learning. Van Tuyl has been actively involved in the study and preservation of the legacy of Juana Briones since she joined the Board of the Juana Briones Heritage Foundation in 1998. Last year, she presented Juana Briones, the woman to the Palo Alto High School Social Justice Pathways Program. Her research on Juana is ongoing and central to this workshop and upcoming exhibition.