The Valley Public History Initiative: Preserving our Stories will host a lecture/discussion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Henry Madden Library (Room 2206). The topic of discussion will be on Carissa Garcia and Carribean Frgoza’s relationship to lost murals in their communities within the Fresno and El Monte/South El Monte communities and their efforts to document, recover and engage with the past.

Both will examine their challenge of writing histories without archives and uncovering art that has been whitewashed. The Valley Public History Initiative: Preserving Our Stories project seeks to uncover forgotten histories and voices, build new archives by working with underrepresented communities and to create opportunities for history to exist outside the academy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Romeo Guzmán at or 559.278.6622.