Wanted – Oral History Project Coordinator

Santee Historical Society is looking for a volunteer  Project Coordinator for our Oral History Project.  We put out a call to our residents to record their memories of Santee before 1980, and we have been overwhelmed with the response.  It has been wonderful.

Our good luck is your good fortune.  Now we need someone that is willing to coordinate the effort to get all these memories recorded.  Contacts need to be made, and appointments set for interviews.    Some Oral Histories will be done by personal interview at homes, or at the Barn, by  telephone or by questionnaire.  The Oral History Coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects of the oral history project, including recruiting and training volunteers for the project.

Part of the job is to secure volunteers to interview these people and ensure that written summaries of the interviews are made.    You will also be coordinating with a local celebrity in his filming of some of the interviews.

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the project, including:

– recruiting, supporting and coordinating volunteers;
– organizing interviews and appropriate training for volunteers;
– undertaking research and creating materials for use on the website & temp exhibit;

– organizing and publicizing the project’s program of events.


Applicants for Oral History Project Coordinator should have previous experience working with volunteers, knowledge of and interest in history, an understanding of oral history and experience in interviewing techniques.  They should also have excellent organizational and communication skills.  This is a volunteer job, and the coordinator would need to join the Santee Historical Society.

This is a lot of work, but it can be an opportunity to have your work seen by tens of thousands on the internet.    If you are interested, please send your resume to us at  info@santeehistoricalsociety.org


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Time to renew your membership!

It’s time to renew your membership.   And it’s so easy.

You can now pay your membership by check or credit card.

Click here to pay by Credit Card

To pay by Check,

print the renewal form – click here,

fill it out,

and mail the completed form with your check to:

Santee Historical Society – Attn: Membership –

P.O. Box 710636 – Santee, CA 92072

The Santee Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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Santee Tree Lighting 2017

Gary, Carol, Alan, Rita & Rachel at the Santee Tree Lighting 2017

The Santee Tree Lighting 2017 was fantastic!   This year the Santee Historical Society gave out glow stick bracelets along with the traditional invitation to our Annual Christmas Party & Open House.  (Saturday Dec 2 from 10:30 to 1:30). We gave out over 500 bracelets and could have given out many more if we had them.  We heard that there was over 7,000 people at the event.  It was a tremendous crowd with such energy.  It was so much fun!




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Our Latest Newsletter

Our Newsletter for July, August and September 2017

SHS Newsletter 6-17 final- Vol 9, issue 3 2017 July Aug Sept printed
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Santee Monarch Waystation

Did you know?

The Santee Historical Society has been declared a Monarch Waystation.

We have a Butterfly crew that will be at the Barn on July 9th to install our new sign and to discuss how we can improve our Monarch Waystation.

If you would like to be part of this, please email Jason Kevane at   Volunteers@SanteeHistoricalSociety.org


What is a Monarch Waystation ?

Monarch Waystations are places with the right kind of milkweed for monarchs to lay their eggs.  These plants provide food for the caterpillars to grow into butterflies.  They also provide nectar so that the butterflies can make their long journey to Mexico where they spend the winter.

Why are the Monarchs Dying?

Loss of milkweed breeding habitat due to the widespread use of herbicide resistant crops.

Widespread adoption of herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans has resulted in the loss of more than 80 million acres of monarch habitat.


Pesticide use which kills non-target insects and further degrades habitat.


Climate change is affecting monarch populations in a number of ways.

Erratic weather may also delay the emergence of milkweed in spring and change the bloom time of flowering plants that provide resources to migrating monarchs.

Logging and development have degraded monarch overwintering sites.


Developments in the U.S. are consuming habitats for monarchs and other wildlife at a rate of 6,000 acres per day – that’s 2.2 million acres each year, the area of Delaware and Rhode Island combined!


There has been a 74% decline in the California overwintering population of Monarch Butterflies in less than 20 years, comparable to declines observed in the monarch population that overwinters in Mexico.


What is the Santee Historical Society Doing?

To offset the loss of milkweeds and flowers we have created a “Monarch Waystations”. This is the Santee Historical Society’s contribution to monarch conservation.


What do Monarch Butterflies have to do with Santee History?

Santee has historically been an agricultural area.  Our city was originally full of Muscat grapes, exotic fruit trees, and award winning Guernsey’s, along with native milkweed.



The Santee Historical Society is proudly continuing Santee’s tradition of excellence in agriculture by helping preserve the Monarch Butterfly and educating the public about the necessity and beauty of nature.

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