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2020 "Stories from the Past"

We are excited to present our newest film in the "Stories from the Past" docuseries. With this film, we are reminded of our community's diverse history and heritage, and how the sharing of long-time residents' personal stories helps us all strengthen our connection and sense of belonging to the place we call home. 


Over the course of researching, planning and filming "Stories from the Past" 2020, we got to know a wonderful group of Morgan Hill and San Martin residents whose families immigrated here from the eastern US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Japan and the Philippines. We were humbled by stories of people who ventured forth, took risks and sacrificed for their families to build fruitful lives. Some dedicated themselves to a singular pursuit, others reinvented themselves in response to an ever-changing world. 


The common thread that runs through "Stories from the Past" 2020 is the lasting legacy created by people whose determination, resourcefulness, resilience, community-mindedness and ability to "take the long view" in life will continue to benefit present and future generations. We hope you enjoy the film!  

This film was funded by a grant from the Santa Clara County Historic Grant Program.


Our 2020 interviewees:

Akiko Omura Kubo, South Valley Mushrooms

Akiko Omura Kubo

South Valley Mushrooms

Justin Fields, Fifth Generation Cattle R

Justin Fields 

Fifth Generation Cattle Rancher, Farm Bureau, Cattleman's Association

Barbara Mariano, US Women's Army Corps,

Barbara Mariano

US Women's Army Corps, Community Volunteer

Joseph Morabito, Morgan Hill and San Mar

Joseph Morabito

Morgan Hill and San Martin Postmaster, US Air Force

Domi Mariano, US Army Master Sergeant E8

Domi Mariano

US Army Master Sergeant E8 (Ret), Community Volunteer

Karen Parks, Sveadal Community, AAUW mem

Karen Parks

Sveadal Community,

AAUW member

Michael Parks, Career Pilot, US Navy, No

Michael Parks

Career Pilot, US Navy, Northwest Airlines

LaGina Metcalf, MHSUD staff, Uesugi Pump

LaGina Metcalf

MHUSD staff, Uesugi Pumpkin Patch, Morgan Hill Woman of the Year

Our work on behalf of the community is funded through grants and donations from generous people like you. Thank you!

Filmmaker Team

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Robin Shepherd,

Writer, Director and Producer

Selah Productions


Nils Myers, Cinematographer

and Film Editor

152 West Productions

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