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2022 "Stories from the Past"

We’re back with the 9th year of Stories from the Past, our cinematic journey through local history!  Capturing the experiences of past and present-day community members on camera deepens our shared connection to the place we call home and preserves our history for the benefit of future generations.

In producing "Stories from the Past" 2022, we had the opportunity to spend time with members of the Guglielmo, Leonetti-Caruso, Benz, Christopher, Britton-Gunter, and Adams families. Some stories reach back through five generations of history in Morgan Hill and San Martin. 

We blended stories of immigrants who left their native countries of Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, New Zealand and Mexico to settle in California. Hard work, resourcefulness and resilience were common themes for men and women who started with little more than the desire to build a good life, provide for the family, and be a good neighbor. There was a shared appreciation for childhood years spent on ranch and farm lands where daily chores were balanced with the freedom to roam and time to play. These families established businesses and served their communities, creating a legacy for their descendants.


Stories from the Past 2022 was funded by a generous grant from the County of Santa Clara Historic Grant Program. 


Our 2022 interviewees:

Wally Adams

Chery Benz Kern

Mary Lou Britton Gunter

Lorraine Leonetti Caruso

Gene Guglielmo

George Guglielmo

Daniel Mark Benz

Karen Kay


Filmmaker Team

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Robin Shepherd,

Writer, Director and Producer


Nils Myers, Cinematographer

and Film Editor

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Bobby Kwong

Camera Assistant

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

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