‘Untold Stories’ documentary highlights Portuguese-American history along Highway 99

Untold stories of Highway 99.

The Fresno State Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute (PBBI) and the Media, Communication and Journalism (MCJ) department have combined to create the documentary film “Untold Stories: Portuguese-Americans along the 99 Corridor.” The film will be presented virtually in a world-wide premiere at noon Thursday, March 11 on Zoom. The screening is free, and the public is invited to register

The documentary employs interviews gathered in Fresno State’s Portuguese-American Oral History Project to tell the story of Azorean immigration to California’s Central Valley. The film examines why people came to the Valley and their effort to keep the connection to their native land and language alive. The PBBI is part of the College of Arts and Humanities, the Jordan College of Agriculture and Sciences Technology and the College of Social Sciences. 

The screening is sponsored by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD). For more information, contact Dennis Borges.

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2 thoughts on “‘Untold Stories’ documentary highlights Portuguese-American history along Highway 99

  1. Hello,
    I am second generation American born of Azorean grandparents. My paternal grandfather immigrated to California in the early 1900’s from Sao Miguel and my maternal grandfather immigrated to California from the island Faial. My mom was the youngest of 8 children and was born in California. I know very little family history except that my family on my mom’s side settled in the Fresno area. I also know that my mom’s dad did not speak Enlish and he died when she was 16.
    Anyway, I would love to find out more about the Azoreans who settled in California in the early 1900’s.
    I should mention that Portuguese was not spoken in my home, unfortunately. My parents understood it but didn’t speak it. Such a pity.
    Is it possible to access the documentary still?
    Thank you and I hope to hear from you.
    Best regards,


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