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CCSS 2022 Speakers

Exhibit Hall

Localizing History and Connecting Youth the Stories of Their Community 


Saturday, March 5
1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM

Romeo Guzmán

This panel discussion will highlight the collective efforts of historians and high school educators to uncover the local history of the El Monte and South El Monte in the San Gabriel Valley.  The panelists will highlight how they used archival material and the recently published East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte to develop lesson plans for a variety of classes, including United States History and Ethnic Studies.  The teachers will share about their experience teaching local history and how it has impacted their students.

Over the last ten years, Romeo Guzmán has had the privilege of collaborating with scholars, educators, artists, journalists, and community members to re-write the history of El Monte and South El Monte. This has culminated in the book East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, a digital archive, and new curriculum for Ethnic Studies courses at El Monte Union HIgh School District. For more see 

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Romeo Guzmán
Co-Director, South El Monte Arts Posse
Assistant Professor, Claremont Graduate University
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