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History Labs

The Marchand Center For Public Engagement facilitates multiple History Labs. Each lab brings together diverse history practitioners to address a common theme or historical question. Lab participants include faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, outside scholars, archivists, teachers, and teacher leaders as they collaborate. History labs advance publicly engaged scholarship and research outputs.

Expand the modules below to learn more about past, current, and upcoming UC Davis History Labs!


The California Women's Conference 1977

Screenshot of Nothing Less than Justice website - the text "Nothing Less than Justice" a top image of the 1977 California Women's Conference
Homepage of the Nothing Less Than Justice website which features some of the research that resulted from the 1977 California Women's Conference history Lab.


Title: 1977 California Women's Conference History Lab

Term: Winter 2022

Participants: Lisa G. Materson was the Principle Investigator for this lab which brought together undergraduate student researchers, archivists, and faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers.

Related Course: HIS102 


Materson led her Winter 2022 HIS102 course as a history lab on the 1977 California Convention. The California Women's Conference was one of 56 state and territorial pre-conferences in which delegates raised issues and agreed upon resolutions to present at the national conference that took place later that year.

Materson designed this lab to contribute to a wider initiative to commemorate the 1977 California Women's Conference which was spearheaded by UCI Professor and Sharing Stories lead Judy Tzu-Chun Wu. See blog post for a more detailed description of Wu's initiative and the multi-campus collaboration.

Student researchers in Materson's history lab researched the life histories of several of these California delegates. They wrote short biographies about these delegates that will be published on Sharing Stories, and they prepared delegate pages for the Nothing Less than Justice virtual exhibit that Wu's research team designed. Lab Participants also presented their research findings, along with other UC research teams, at a virtual conference. This conference was a valuable opportunity for faculty researchers, graduate researchers, and undergraduate researchers from all the researchers from all the participating campuses to talk about what they learned.

The Reynoso Project

Photograph of historical exhibit about Cruz Reynoso that features materials from and about his life next to explanatory placards in a glass case.
A photograph of "Democracy By Participation: The Life and Legacy of Cruz Reynoso," a physical exhibit at the Shields Library that resulted from the Reynoso Project History Lab.

Title: The Reynoso Project History Lab

Term: Part 1 (Exhibit and Curriculum) May 2022-February 2023

Part 2 (Summer Institute and Primary Source Development with California Revealed) 

Partner Agency: California Revealed

Participants: UC Davis History PhD Candidate Daniel Castaneda led the Cruz Reynoso project as an extension of both his dissertation research his then role as one of the inaugural Marchand Center for Public Engagement Interns.  The Reynoso Project was completed through the work of Castaneda, UC Davis Head of Archival Processing Jason Sarmiento, CHSSP Teacher-Leaders, CHSSP Staff, Graduate Student Researchers, Undergraduate Student Researchers, and UC Davis Faculty.

Description: The Reynoso Project was a multi-stage research initiative that used the archive of Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino CA Supreme Court Justice and former King Hall Law Professor, to create physical and digital exhibits on his legacy for the University, a curriculum guide for K-12 teachers, a public event unveiling the exhibit, a three day summer institute using archival sources, and small primary source sets.

Part one of the Reynoso Project not only consisted of the design, development of a library exhibit showcasing archival materials, but also the "Reynoso Curriculum Project" which produced 5 curriculum guides for k-12 teachers using the same materials. A public reception on May 26th provided an opportunity for the public to meet and engage with the exhibit and the scholars who produced it. The physical exhibit washoused at UC Davis's Shields Library from May 2022 to February 2023 and used archival materials curated by Sarmiento to celebrate and explore Reynoso's political, legal, and educational career in California. A smaller digital exhibit is available here

The curriculum project brought together graduate student researchers, undergraduate  student researchers, CHSSP staff and teacher-leaders, and archivists to produce five curriculum guides for 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 11th grade History course as well as one Ethnic Studies curriculum guide and one guide for 12th grade Government. Each of these resources used archival materials to create lesson plans about Reynoso, Latinx history, California history, and civics engagement.

The second part of the Reynoso Project centered around the Reynoso Summer Institute. The summer institute was a three-day program that brought together K-12 teachers, graduate students, undergraduates, other scholars, and librarians to work with Cruz Reynoso's Archive at UC Davis and to work with the California Revealed Archives alongside California State Archivists. At the Institute, the participants worked together to create six brief primary source sets for K-12 education using material from the Reynoso Archives and from California Revealed.


*COMING SOON* World History Lab

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