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50 years of Historic Preservation

The story of an unlikely group of citizens who banded together to preserve their small town's unique history lest it be paved over forever. They formed a nonprofit and inspired a half century of historic preservation efforts that took shape as a unique history park known as Villa Mira Monte, and created a lasting heritage of multicultural enrichment programs for the diverse community of South Santa Clara Valley. This feature-length film was created and produced by Robin Shepherd of Selah Productions and Nils Myers of 152 West Productions for the Morgan Hill Historical Society.

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The Cast

Interviewees:

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Bob Foster, past President

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Scott van Keulen, past President

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Janie Knopf, past Treasurer

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Roger Knopf, President

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Kathy Sullivan, Board Member and past President

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Jennifer Tate, past President

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Ellie Weston, Board Member

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Kathy Devine, Museum Director

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Michelle McKay and Larry Carr,

Hosts of Villa Mira Monte tour

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Roger Malech, Narrator,

"We are all History Makers"

Filmmaker Team:

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Robin Shepherd,

Writer, Director and Producer

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Nils Myers, Cinematographer

and Film Editor

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Julie and Pat Belanger

111th Aerial Photography

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Bobby Kwong

Camera Assistant

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Amaobi Ajawara

Sound Recordist

Special Guest:

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Chris Ghione,

City of Morgan Hill

The History Makers docuseries is made possible by a grant from a generous South County family. Our filmmakers will be exploring new themes in two more History Makers films planned for release in 2022-2024.