Tuesday, March 24, 2009

FANHS Chapter news

FANHS Leaders to Speak at Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND) Conference at Drexel University, Philadelphia - March 28, 2009


UPDATE: Students organized a highly successful FIND conference at Drexel University. CONGRATS to all!! Here are photos from the 28 March 09 event: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbsW7Ju3atlEiI

Throughout FIND’s history, many FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society) leaders have supported FIND as speakers and donors. Dr. Fred Cordova, Dr. Dorothy Fujita-Rony, Oscar Penaranda, Peter Bacho, Dr. Dawn Mabalon, Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao, Timoteo Cordova and others have all been speakers and workshop leaders at FIND since the early 1990s. Generations of FANHS youth -- including many students of FANHS Trustee Ray Obispo -- have also served as FIND organizers and leaders. This year, FANHS leaders speaking at FIND include Professor Emily Lawsin of FANHS Michigan Chapter (opening keynote plenary session), Dr. Allan Bergano FANHS Hampton Roads Founding President (closing keynote plenary session), and workshop leaders FANHS Hampton Roads President Veronica Salcedo, former FANHS Trustee Brad Baldia, Gem Daus who gave a workshop at the FANHS national conference in Anchorage, and Dr. Joan May Cordova, FANHS National President. CHEERS and many thanks to all the students who worked so hard to create this conference! Roberto Jamora, UVA senior who worked with FIND's program committee, has been a young FANHS leader since 8th grade. Special thanks :-)

Filipino American National Historical Society-Wisconsin Chapter


On March 21, 2009, the Filipino American National Historical Society(FANHS)-Wisconsin Chapter honored Wisconsin's

Outstanding Young Professionals and Distinguished Community Service Awards, at Marriott Milwaukee West, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


FANHS Midwest Chapter
Biennial regional conference at Ohio State University on October 16 or 17, 2009

FANHS San Diego Chapter presents "Filipino Americans: History & Scholarly Perspectives," with featured speakers, Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao, FANHS National Trustee and Dr. Joan May T. Cordova

April 18, 2009 - Miramar College 10440 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA 92126 Room I-101

Please also note this event at the University of California, San Diego:

Monday, April 13

Dr. Joan May Cordova: "Filipinos in the Fields — Conflicts and Coalitions"
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center (map)
Info: Contact


FANHS Stockton Chapter
Annual Golf & Picnic Fundraiser for the FANHS National Museum - May 9, 2009

FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter

July 1 – 5, 2009 Summer Symposium, “Sigue: Our Moment is Now”

Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach, Virginia

FANHS Rio Grande Chapter
Biennial Pamana Awards - August 8, 2009

FANHS Central Coast Chapter Annual community picnic - April 25, 2009
Also working with UC Merced and Davis students.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Thelma Buchholdt, 3-term FANHS National President, named to Alaska's Hall of Fame

Titania Buchholdt, daughter of Jon and the late Thelma Buchholdt, recently wrote:

"This bit of news was mentioned to me this evening by Mariecris Gatlabayan, who is the archivist working on Mom's papers. Mom was named to be in the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame!

Thelma Buchholdt is one of 50 women (the inaugural group) to be inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame this Saturday, March 6, 2009 (6:30 pm, at the BP Center on East Benson Blvd). The list of women to be inducted includes many of Mom's friends and associates. Here's the website: "


This month, the Asian Journal published another story about Thelma.


The article opens by stating:

"The life of Thelma Garcia Buchholdt was one full of “firsts”:
The first Asian American elected to the Alaska State Legislature (1974)
The first female Filipino American elected to a legislature in the United States (1974)
The founder of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska (1966)
The first female to be elected President of the Filipino Community of Anchorage, Inc. (1973)
The first Asian American elected to serve as President of the National Order of Women Legislators (1980)
Founder of the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, the first cross-cultural center of its kind in Alaska (1980)

THELMA Garcia Buchholdt was a Filipino American community activist, politician, teacher, lawyer, historian, public speaker, and author. She was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives for four consecutive terms, from 1974 through 1982. She was the author of the book Filipinos in Alaska: 1788-1958 which is now in its third printing ... "

If you'd like to purchase a copy of Filipinos in Alaska: 1788-1958, please contact us at FANHS.

FANHS Trustees and many others deeply appreciate Thelma's work and are honored to have worked with her. In 2005, I wrote this note to Thelma (photographed on her website here): http://thelmabuchholdt.com/AwardsRecognition.htm

"So many of us Trustees agree that you inspire us with all you do and are. After your Chapter report, we said, "WOW." I've learned so much from working with you and look forward to expanding the work of FANHS. Many thanks, too, to Jon for supporting our work. Cheers to more fun and work together!"

I took this photo of Thelma at a dinner with FANHS Trustees at Sang Kee Restaurant in Philadelphia in June of 2007. We didn't know that our Philadelphia meeting of national FANHS Trustees, a book signing, and this dinner would be Thelma's last FANHS events before her death in November, 2007.

Life is short. I hope that we make the most of every opportunity.

While Thelma and other community pioneers are missed, their histories and spirits inspire us to continue the work of FANHS while building our communities and working for social justice -- the way so many before us have done.

Please be in touch.


Dr. Joan May T. Cordova, FANHS National President, forourcommunities@gmail.com

Registration is open for #FANHS2022, the 19th biennial national conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)

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