Stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona.

Project Partners

The Oral History Work Group was established in 2010 to collect, curate, and disseminate oral histories in the Cienega Watershed and adjacent lands.

Current active members include:

Founded in 1937 by William Shirley Fulton, the Amerind Foundation is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) anthropological and archaeological museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Native American cultures and their histories. Located in spectacular Texas Canyon in the Little Dragoon Mountains of southeastern Arizona, the Amerind houses one of the finest private collections of Native American art and artifacts in the country. The Amerind Foundation is in the process of collecting oral histories, photographs and documents from the settlers of Texas Canyon and from the early days of the Amerind Foundation when the property was used as a ranch.

Cienega Watershed Partnership is actively engaged with a mission of sustaining the natural and cultural resources and lifestyles of the watershed in southeastern Arizona. The CWP Oral History Work Group and the Back Then Work Group provide workshops in oral history, work to promote and publicize the collections of its partner institutions, and promote the use of oral history in education, interpretation and research.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park offers a variety of programs and opportunities to visit the park resources. The Oral History program focuses on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Colossal Cave in Vail, AZ, 1934-1937. The CCC was a federal government program designed to conserve our country’s natural resources and to provide jobs and training to young, unmarried men. The men of the CCC made improvements inside Colossal Cave, constructed buildings, and built picnic areas under the supervision of State Park Service personnel. They lived in a camp supervised by U.S. Army personnel, where they engaged in educational, sports, and recreational activities.

Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 1997. Acting in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the purpose of the Foundation is to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as an outstanding western heritage and education center. ERF’s oral history program documents the history of the Empire Ranch. Interviews are conducted with individuals who lived and/or worked on the Empire Ranch or who have had significant involvement with the Empire Ranch. 

The Bureau of Land Management, Tucson Field Office manages almost one million acres in southern Arizona with a multiple-use approach. The BLM manages several designated areas including the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA). The BLM emphasizes a collaborative approach in the watershed to ensure a variety of stakeholders are involved. The collected oral histories serve to aid BLM in protecting and interpreting the Empire Ranch and Las Cienegas NCA.

The U.S. Forest Service, Coronado National Forest has a long presence in the watershed, managing several parcels of land in the Cienega and adjacent watersheds. The oral history program captures some of the management practices and experiences on forest lands.

For additional information or to partner with us on the Oral History Project, please contact us.

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